So recently I got a new bicycle. It has been wonderfull and a definite improvement over my last one, but so far I've only been able to ride 86 miles with it. A few days ago I broke 1000 miles. That last ride was a 52 mile hilly ride. I dont know whether it is the bike, the fit, the chiropractor or the combination of the three but my neck issue was less severe on the 50 mile ride. I could have probably gone for a little more without no issues.
Now that I am starting to get in better phisical condition the weather comes to screw me over... I've been wanting to ride on the mornings but waking up and seeing how it is pitch black outside and around 35F doesn't really motivate me to get off bed where I feel so cozy and warm. After work it is even worse. Even though it is a few degrees warmer (about 40s) it is pitch black as well and the traffic is horrible! I live in the city center and now that christmas time has arrived everybody is in town trying to beat each other to the mall and it makes me sick. So I can only see myself really enjoying a ride on saturdays and sundays.
I'm sure a lot of you guys have to deal with tougher conditions than I do but anybody who lives near lenox mall in buckhead can attest of it being a pretty horrible experience during christmass time. How do you guys deal with winters and everything it brings??? It has sucked the fun out of riding. I am considering getting a trainer or maybe ride very long rides saturdays and sundays but I dont know how this will change my physical condition.
I usually ride between 80 and 100 miles a week. I did 40 to 60 miles during the weekdays on 20 mile rides and 40 to 60 miles on saturdays. Now I am thinking of doing 60 to 80 miles on satudays and 20 to 40 on sundays with no miles during the week. How does that affect my training? Something inside my brain tells me I am better off spreading it out over the week instead of doing everything in 1 day, am I right? I am starting to gain weight and that is pi$$ing me off... I have worked really hard to get to my mediocre physical condition and now I dont wanna go backwards just because Santa Clause is coming.... ARGHHH
Any advice??? (HTFU)