In case you haven’t noticed, daylight saving time has ended. And what does that mean? It means that it gets dark at about 2:00PM now. Ok, maybe I exaggerate a little bit, but it sure seems like there is a lot less daylight these days. With this change, it is important to remember to make yourself visible while you are out and about.
Lindsay @ Chasing the Kenyans posted this video a while back and with the change in the amount of daylight, I thought it was a good time to re-post it.
Today, Jennie and I headed out on a run at about 6:00PM and it was already dark enough to see stars in the sky. I wore a Brooks NightLife Podium Shirt that was the race shirt for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and let Jennie borrow my Brooks NightLife Hat. The hat has blinking lit on the back, but unfortunately it has stopped working. Hopefully a new battery will fix it. Even without the light, it is still a great way to be reflective. I’ll have to remember to wear my headlamp for our next run though. While I felt we were plenty reflective, it was almost too dark for us to see where we were going. I’d feel better if I could see the sidewalk and watch for cracks and uneven surfaces.
If you are in need of reflective gear, but on a tight budget, Lifehacker has a great way to potentially create your own. The author visited his local traffic office in search of scrap reflective street sign material. He then used the material to make his bike reflective. Obviously, you probably don’t want to go sticking this stuff to your fancy tri bike, but I could see sticking some of it to the back/sleeves of an old shirt or brim of a hat. If you can’t find any free reflective material, just Google “reflective tape” and you can find lots of reasonably priced alternatives.
And finally, another change – this one to my blog. I have updated the comments area to have a (hopefully) a better system for replying to and managing comments. Until now, I have managed comments by simply replying by email to commenters. I’ve never liked that method because sometimes I feel like others may benefit from my replies. I think I have finally found a solution. I (and you for that matter) can reply to any comment and the original commenter will be notified by email of the new comment. To reply to a comment, simply click the “Reply” button next to the comment you want to respond to.
If you don’t want to receive an email notification when someone replies to one of your comments, simply uncheck the “Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail” box when you post. If you uncheck the box, others can still reply to your comment, but you’ll have to manually check back to see the replies and won’t get an email notification.
Let me know what you think of the new comment system. If you love, say so. If you totally hate it, say so. The last thing I would want to do is alienate my readers by doing something stupid.
Thanks for reading and remember to be safe out there!