Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes: 97(?) GT Richochet, 00 Schwinn SuperSport
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Originally Posted by natbla
The very thought of that scares me! I'm a great fast starter so I just need to stay on task. Plus some time in the next 8 weeks we are going to have our annual freeze where we have at least 7-10 days were in doesn't get about 15 degrees. I don't have a trainer so that's going to be tough to get through when it gets here. I've never gotten in more than roughly 350 miles in a year so I'll be excited to get past that threshold before I even think about anything more than my 2000 mile goal.
One cool thing that may help me though - my wife called me today to ask if I'd like the idea of me commuting via bike than meeting her at the Y for a ride back after she and my daughter finished their activities. That made me smile even though I thought that I' like to actually ride both ways instead. I kept that to myself since she was pretty excited about all of us getting together to conserve energy and get in shape too.
Have fun! I wish more people would winter commute or at least ride a bit more if they have a bike capapble of doing so. More than anything, it's great practice for all the other seasons because, hopefully, it builds your confidence up in general in your skill-set. I commute to work and its 20 miles round trip. Its snowed on me, iced, sleet rain, wind, etc.,etc...Yeah, its cold and dark and some days I just don't want to! But within the first couple of miles, I'm enjoying seeing the wildlife out and about, the solitude and the sounds of different snows under me wheels...Scaring foxes out for a morning hunt, racoons scavenging that sort of thing.
Temps? For me, once it dips below 10 is when the heavy duty gear comes out. Down to 10, a simple Balaclava or stocking cap (over ears!) and some multi-sport winter gloves. Other than that, I use the same jacket year round with maybe a 2 more layers at most. Leg warmers! Polypro sock liners...Whatever works for you.
It keeps me happy, working great on health and my energy is WAY up since my body has gotten used to being expected to work everyday..
Okay, now I'm rambling! I just started commuting this past August and jumped neck deep into about 100 miles a week, every week. I was sore but the sense of accomplishment meant more to me than stopping because of sore, disused muscles...
Thanks for being patient with my rambling...