After yesterday’s marathon session in the saddle, I expected to feel a little weary today. Not so, I feel really good; the legs too. However, I am covered in horse fly bites, not an attractive look for anyone. They are also hugely itchy. All day I have been slathering on antiseptic lotion which provides some temporary relief.
The flies have enjoyed big chunks out of me all around the edges of my jersey sleeves, the legs of my shorts, wrists, ankles and have even bitten me through my clothing. This, I should add, was despite covering myself from head to foot in insect repellent. I had forgotten that I am considered one of the insect world’s favourite snack foods. Research seems to suggest I get bitten because insects don’t like me but I have no idea how to stop this. Any and all suggestions will be most gratefully received.