Up until the shortest day of the year, and with the general darkness of winter in northern Europe, it's hard to not get a little depressed. Also, the dutch weather of unpredictable, inconsistent rain and wind, does not help with the mood. For me, depression will mostly manifest by sleeping more than usual, going to bed earlier and earlier or, watching endless reruns of Buffy, Angel, or Firefly. I think (hope) the bottom for me this year was when one night I fell asleep at 20:00 pm after watching several Lexx episodes that I had seen before. (If you aren't familiar, it's a show about a porn star, a canadian poofy-haired zombie, a robot head and a sleazy pilot living on a giant dragonfly spaceship. Yeah. Watching might be understandable, but re-watching??)
SO! Time to start planning better days ahead!
I signed up for ride this spring, The Swift-Joop Zoetermelk classic , the 75k. (Ha ha, what a name.)
Sadly, the eleven cities bicycle ride is already fully booked, so I'm to plan a trip of my own to Friesland. Maybe I'll follow the route... Organized rides are fun for motivation, but, truly, underplanned one or two day trip with only a destination in mind are the most fun!
For anyone interested, there are a few more organized rides on the calendar here.
And, I've started taking spin classes at the gym. Of course, it's nothing like being on a bicycle outside but at least I get some comfort from the motions. Plus, the class is in dutch so I'm learning words like sneller, sneller, sneller, zwarter, zwarter, zwarter. It's quite challenging during the class, but I haven't been sore afterwards. I think all the riding I've done has made my muscles very tough for cycling, even if no one can tell by looking at me. Or I need to turn the knob.
For now, no more TV, I'm staying up until 9pm at least :) and I'm making plans for ride destinations in the New Year. This is definitely on my list. And of course, happily reading the blogs of people who keep going despite the cold, dark and rain.
(I'm still bicycle commuting to work everyday, that will never stop!)