Brrr, it’s cold outside.
Well, actually it’s not. Last week, it was 70 degrees here. As much as I love wearing T-shirts in December, I know it won’t last much longer and cooler temperatures will be here before I know it. For the past three years I haven’t ridden my bike in the winter months. It’s cold to begin with and when you factor in wind at 15 mph, it’s beyond freezing. This winter though, I’m committed to riding. I worked up to 80 miles this year, and I don’t want to lose that over the next few months. I don’t want to lose the stamina and endurance, nor do I want to lose my muscle tone.
My plan is to ride at least once a week to work, which is only about five miles from my house. I’m also planning to ride one long ride every two weeks. With the sun going down before I’m off work, I can’t stick to a training schedule like I did for Death Valley. But I still have my weekends, and if I can log 50-100 miles every couple of weeks, I think it will put me in a great position for when spring arrives.
I am planning to update my wardrobe, investing in cycling pants and a fluorescent wind-breaker to wear when it’s cold. I’m also looking into a riding ski mask to help shield the wind from my face as much as possible. I don’t know if they make those for cyclists, but I’ll figure something out. (My friend, Lisa Ruth, said they make fleece-lined riding pants! Um, yes, please!) Other suggestions are always welcome!
Some of my friends have a trainer, which makes their bikes stationary indoors. I have one, too, but I hate it. The thought of riding for hours in my garage and going nowhere makes me want to scream. I’m only on that thing when it’s absolutely necessary, which is pretty much never. So it looks like I have to brave the colder temperatures and ride looking like a snowman. Anyone else riding this winter or am I the only crazy person in Huntsville?