One of the joys of living in Scotland is that there is weather. Proper weather. The kind of weather that does something, demands to be noticed and given it's due respect regardless of the season. This can be anything from gale force winds in spring, hailstones in the summer, trampoline blowing storms in the Autumn, and minusy looking temperatures in the winter.
A singular joy of living in Aberdeen is that generally, if it's raining in the rest of Scotland, guaranteed Aberdeen will be having it's driest week ever. Same as we could be having to moor the house to the land due to torrential rain whilst everyone else is being sung to by the sun.
In this particular instance we're being frozen out whilst the rest of the country is thawing.
And you have to agree, sheet ice is difficult to cycle on. The proof is here:
I am perhaps a little more resigned to the lack of gritting in Aberdeen than others. In Glasgow, the gritters were usually out before the temperature dropped, and it is certainly anti-intuitive to grit the busiest roads but not their cycle paths.
It's pretty much an ice rink in my street, so I've been hitting the turbo trainer. A strange phenomena is occurring though. Usually I hate HIIT training - which is generally wanky sports person talk for going really hard and then slowing down for what doesn't seem long enough before going hell for leather again (it's supposed to be good for you) - but recently the reps for my sessions have been going past pretty quickly. I do 1 minute on it, 30 secs rest for 13 reps but I seem to be eating them up at the mo'. My garmin's been out of cync (truth: I've been lazy in making sure it's charged and it keeps shutting down on me) so I can't say exactly what's going on. It could be that I'm not working hard enough, though I am concentrating on getting my pedal cadence up, and I've always got a burn in my legs when I'm on my minute.
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? How have you been coping? If you're training/keeping fit, is there anything that's surprised you?