Every year I am prone to switch to mountain bikes in winter and this year again it is time for me to ride a mountain bike.
Mito, the city I live in, does not have much snow (3 or 4days during the season at most) but it is freezing cold. It sometimes gets like 10 degree below zero in Celsius. Well, I will own up to the fact that I am one of those run-of-the-mill people who become more and more lackadaisical when it gets colder but aside from that, the fact that the road is frozen in the morning and night in my area really freaks me out because the thin tires of road bikes really will slip. I don’t want to wind up in taking a big fall.
This year, I have switched a little earlier because I am busier than last year and have to work late (means I have to ride after dark in my rustic area) and cold winter days have come earlier than usual this year. I also think that i am satisfied with road bikes because I rode 300 km this summer and I would say I feel like I have pretty much achieved something there.
I also want to add some positive sides to it. First of all, I like mountain bikes. Actually, before I have lost 25 kilograms, I weighed something like 90 kg. Partly because I thought I would be too heavy for them and partly because I liked technical than just speeding, I started riding mountain bikes 10 years ago. Then right after I had lost 25 kg, I got my bike stolen in one of municipal parking lots for bikes just by the rampart of Nagoya castle. This made me fully realize just parking nice bikes with a couple of small locks was actually tantamount to “building a castle in the air” indeed!
And the last but not the least, I like those crispy dry leaves in a winter mountain. A canadian colleague and friend of mine and I are planning a mountain bike ride during winter holidays (Actually he is an expert and I am a novice. I just follow him). I can’t wait to go there!
So one more week of laborious work and that’s it! I have to work on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th but I will be unfettered after that till January 5th. I would be remiss should I not have some fun! (Of course I’m going to do “Oo-Souji*” otherwise my wife would chew me out!!
*Oo-Souji (Big Clean-up)” is one of the most important evens in Japan. We put in our extra work in cleaning up our houses. My wife is, I would not say “one of the neat freaks” but demand the cleanliness above my level so it would be quite a work.