Essex day 2 and the ITB is feeling great. The issue of the yearly hommage to the WBD5 looks in jeopardy though, having finally decided to run this, despite needing to get to Gatwick by 1pm to pick up friends and drive to Snowdonia, it looks likely to be called off.
The temp has nudged above 0 degrees today for a few hours but the pavements and in particular, ungritted side roads, are trecherous. I nearly came a cropper picking up the delicious Xmas supplies from the butcher on Mersea Island, wearing walking boots. Suffolk Punch said that if the lead cyclist can't get round, the race won't go ahead. I can't see it as it is down country lanes and farm tracks, all concrete and these will be icy. Other than a thaw, I think the pitch inspection will reveal that ice has stopped play. Not worth a season on the sidelines for a non-pb and possibly dental treatment if I slip the wrong way. However, at this time I must mention that the Witham Boxing Day 5 is one of the best organised races I have been to. Great t-shirts and fun, despite the stentorian farting and smell of sprouts and yesterday's alcohol. Pity.
Some XC training on the beach in the morning. -2 at 6.00am according to the met.office bods so will be good shorts and t-shirt weather for a round the island sand run (tide is out so should have fun)