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    What's Everybody Else Doing(winter)

    Ok, Cycling went straight downhill after a fantastic indian summer the early part of november.
    For those not fortunate enough to live in warm climes (hey, I consider 45 warm) I ask: What do you do to stay active over the winter.
    The family got me a 3 month membership (it'll get me thru till march)with a fitness club and via a complimentary certificate I discovered YOGA (yeah,I'm hooked..I never thought I could do a crane stance,much less with my arms over my head,and not fall over)
    I got all the wheels built.
    All the snow is 40 miles south of me
    The winds (off Lake Erie) have been raw this year and if we've had a day without rain or wet snow in a month I must have missed it.
    I miss cycling. (yeah,I've got the rollers..but after an hour the magic is gone)

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    What is this winter that you speak of?
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
    May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. -Edward Abbey

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    I've not cycled since the indian summer ended either. I am quite fond of Yoga, but alas I've really not done much physical activity for the last two weeks.

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    Well, so far, I tried swimming, but the mind numbing tedium of it had me about to go on a homicidal spree. I'm pretty sure the gym would get the same reaction out of me.

    Fortunately, even though I live in Sweden, it's been amazingly mild this year so far and after finding some nice thin, but very warm wool thermals and a few other cold weather items, it's not the temps stopping me, it's ice and snow. Thankfully, the 2 feet of snow we got about a week ago is gone and I've gotten a couple rides in this week.

    I think I'll probably have to resort to a trainer for my 'bent trike if we get any snow and ice that sticks around. Dig out my weights and at least have the TV to stare at as I pedal and flex and yoga. Watch Swedish shows and movies to improve my language skills as I work out.

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    Hiking and returning to the gym.

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    At least 20 miles a day on the rollers. Swimming is great as I have reduced my mile distance swims by quite a bit. I also will use the treadmills at least three times a week to work on some interval training.
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    Hey, I got an off-the-wall idea - how about riding your bike? Crazy I know, but it works for me.
    As you can see from my avatar, riding in the cold air is good for your complexion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Hey, I got an off-the-wall idea - how about riding your bike? Crazy I know, but it works for me.
    As you can see from my avatar, riding in the cold air is good for your complexion.
    I thought the Playboy cover avatar was nicer, Chipcom.

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    I've replaced my outside bicycle rides with trainer rides in the basement.

    Other than that I have been running on the treadmill and playing raquette ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by bautieri View Post
    I've replaced my outside bicycle rides with trainer rides in the basement.

    Other than that I have been running on the treadmill and playing raquette ball

    Do you play racquetball in a league or just play against friends? We had a men's league, but it has really dropped down to just a few people that play on certain mornings before work. I used to play 3 -5 times a week, but I haven't played in almost a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    Do you play racquetball in a league or just play against friends? We had a men's league, but it has really dropped down to just a few people that play on certain mornings before work. I used to play 3 -5 times a week, but I haven't played in almost a year.
    Both, the league is almost done for the year and I am an impressive 1-9

    When I don't have a league match I play with my friends from work in either singles or cut throaght. We tried doubles but four people on the court is a tad dangerous.

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    I got some cold weather gear and will still get out on the road/MUP throughout the winter. For the days that are too miserable I've got a trainer, but it's not the same at all.
    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand

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    Riding is certainly an option as long as there's not snow or severe cold (and given that you live in western NY, your idea of "severe cold" and mine are pretty much the same). Getting a trainer is an option, gym is an option - but if you do either, I'd suggest being somewhat systematic about it and developing a progressive program. I'd also do a bunch of strength training over the winter, if I were in your situation. Aside from that, you can try another indoor activity. Mine's aikido.
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    I'm going to ride. It gives me the perfect excuse to buy more bike stuff like some cold weather gear, along with some rain gear.

    I'm also going to be building a couple of bikes.

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    Wool base layers, winter tights, booties, balaclava, and studded tires if necessary. I don't throw in the towel unless the temperature hits single digits.

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    I haven't been on my bike in about 4 weeks. No daylight during the week, and its been too cold for me on the weekends. Here's what I do instead: I joined a volleyball league on Tuesdays, 5-7 trips to the gym per week for elliptical/treadmill and weight training, spin class on Sundays, and I just ordered some rollers because I'm itching to get back on the bike again.

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    I have just been toughing it out. Im young, and stupid, so It works. But I move from South Carolina to Pennsylvania in January. I dont think my stupidity will help me there

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    I just ride. It's 90% mental, 10% physical discomfort in winter once you get down to it. Heck, sometimes I wonder if I prefer it to 90+ degree summers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdinger View Post
    I just ride. It's 90% mental, 10% physical discomfort in winter once you get down to it. Heck, sometimes I wonder if I prefer it to 90+ degree summers.

    I would rather ride in 110 degrees with 90% humidity rather than ride in the cold. I don't mind sweating and drinking more fluids. I hate being cold and now that I am losing more fat, I hate it even more.
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    Been in the gym doing circuit training and using the virtual stationary bike--gives me something to look at at least other than the wall. Tried a few spin classes but couldn't stand it. It's not too bad using the gym--I discovered the rowing machine and have been enjoying that, as it uses different muscles then pedaling.

    Oh, and the sauna--the sauna is the BEST part of the gym.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    I would rather ride in 110 degrees with 90% humidity rather than ride in the cold. I don't mind sweating and drinking more fluids. I hate being cold and now that I am losing more fat, I hate it even more.
    Ditto that!

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    I've been doing a little bit of everything. The wife and I will play racquetball, run on the tread mill, swim; my current favorite, the rowing machine. Yes, I still get 'dressed up' and go out for a ride. My limits are ice on the road and lots of rain. After that, I'll try to ride.

    As for getting cold due to fat loss, count me in. We went home for Thanksgiving and my mother keeps the house around 65 F. I was freezing. I don't mind the cold, but I'm not use to it inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flip18436572 View Post
    I would rather ride in 110 degrees with 90% humidity rather than ride in the cold. I don't mind sweating and drinking more fluids. I hate being cold and now that I am losing more fat, I hate it even more.
    Come on down in July. We can do a group ride, lol.

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    Come on down in July. We can do a group ride, lol.
    I should move down. Perhaps a nice Texas bank will have a place for me. Is WaMu hiring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    I should move down. Perhaps a nice Texas bank will have a place for me. Is WaMu hiring?
    How many people do you know that have moved from TX to PA?
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