Sunday 12 November 2023
Seasonal affective disorder. I suspect most experience it some degree at this time of year. It's cold and the view out of the window is dominated by wind and rain. With every passing day I fell lower. The session in the garage on the trainer keeps me active but it doesn't satisfy. Knowing the potential for the weekend weather to be bad makes it worse. But of course I'm getting very little natural light, a trigger for S.A.D. It means that Friday afternoon rides are harder to motivate for, even though they are vital for my mood. With this in mind I arranged to meet a good mate. He comes from north of the river so it seemed Greenwich with it's pedestrian tunnel under the Thames would be ideal location. As the day drew closer, and especially when I awoke to heavy rain I was close to cancelling. I knew I'd get a big boost, so I didn't. And as we sat outside a cafe on a quiet corner of the covered Greenwich Market it was the right decision, even though it rained for the first twenty minutes of my route.
The ride home was dry and warmer, I even made it before the rush hour became too intense.
I have doubts that without a coffee arranged I would have gotten out, and I'd have felt more depressed about that.
It was a similar experience on Saturday, it was cold by the club had a ride organised to a very nice cafe.
And Sunday was a ride to meet another good friend.
A positive weekend to end another tough week.