Bike trainer = saving factor
This year I didn't sink nearly as low as last winter.... but it seemed bad enough! Last year was the very cold, exceptionally long winter.... this year I heard some people say they thought it was shaping up to be the same.... don't know whether that meant it was particularly cold again (I myself couldn't tell, because don't remember temperature from one year to the next) or whether it was just the perception of some people. ANYWAY, this year I got really low much earlier on... part of it may have been me never having fully recovered emotionally after my injury and enforced non-exercise of 8-9 months ago. Then in June/early July I purposely took 5 weeks off from the MRR rides in an attempt to do more intensive practise of riding uphill: BIG mistake as it turned out, and certainly wrong timing for me to be trying something like that. I have needed the motivation of group rides, even if it has meant my progress in gaining strength/fitness has looked slow by some standards
So, I can just be thankful that there are these group rides to join
Eventually, things gradually looked up for me, so there was a big contrast with how I was during August this year, compared to last year in which August was the worst month of all!
I broke my arm two days ago, and today I seemed to be right back down again, although couldn't be 100% sure whether or not that had much connection with my injury... can be hard to tell sometimes. (I'm reminding myself that, given that this time I'm not barred from exercise altogether, 4-6 weeks off the bike isn't going to affect my life in the long term, unless I let it!) Part of the problem might be I've had trouble sleeping the past two nights with my arm. BUT I've borrowed a trainer, and have already found a short ride on it brings me immediately back to a more neutral state of mind. It can only do me good..... won't jolt my arm, as running might do, and the nature of the set-up, including with the cadence meter, forces me to keep pedalling. I *might* find that I can do better with it (in the short-term) than with road riding, but for now I'll just take it from day-to-day with figuring out how I can best use it, and balancing use with other tasks.