An A4’s Letter to Santa; cry for help from the winter chaingang

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016

In the depths of winter and trying hard to stay motivated, this A4 has penned a dispatch to Santa; more in hope than expectation. Geraldine Powderly take it away…


Dear Santa,

Thanks so much for the presents you’ve given me over the years. I’m writing to you this year to tell you about my cycling and hoping that you’ll send me something nice.

This year I’d like to ask for … Actually, wait. I need to check if I’m on the good or bad list.


Good List

I started off winter training really well. Every Sunday at the start I was very enthusiastic; jumping out of bed and ready in plenty of time.

Every weekday I was equally enthusiastic about my training.

I’ve kept my heart rate in zone 2 every Sunday for the long spins and I’ve done most of my prescribed training.

I stuck to my new diet and no alcohol rule (see bad list). I also lost 4 lbs in the first few months and the winter was going to be the best yet.


Bad List

I didn’t clean my bike after all the frost and now the gears are broken.

I sometimes skipped my training because I felt too tired and mostly because I was lazy.

I went to the US and ate pancakes, pizza, burgers and drank beer. While in the US I never once went to the gym or even thought about my bike or cycling.

I didn’t stick to my diet or to my no drinking alcohol rule and I told a lie in the Good List.

I put back on 4lbs in the past few months.


But overall, Santa, I have been a consistently inconsistent winter training cyclist. So I’ll leave it to you to decide if I’m on the good or bad list.

This time of year is tough to be a cyclist, Santa; it’s wet, cold and dark early.

You have to put layers and layers of clothes on and you never seem to get it right.

Your muscles are tight from the cold and your leg speed is pathetic. Your legs feel like 2 lumps of concrete and your lungs are screaming trying to pull in enough oxygen to get over the smallest of climbs.

But Santa, I want you to understand that as cyclists we never give up, we push through all that pain and suffering. Why?


The racing season

We endure through the winter hardship in the hope that next year we will be lighter, fitter, faster and more powerful; and the new season will be the one when we get to shine.

We have to face the winter with a positive attitude, pull ourselves out from under duvets and do what needs to be done to reach our destination.

So Santa, this Christmas I am not asking for the usual new bike.

I am asking for a little of your Christmas magic; a push from your elves and even a pull from your reindeer to get me over the winter slump.

Most of all I am looking for the strength of mind to keep doing on the bike until the new season arrives and all its possibilities are stretched out before me.

Merry Christmas

Geraldine Powderly

(Aged 29¾)