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Old 12-23-06, 05:24 AM   #1
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When frigid outside, do you have to force yourself to ride.

Man, it's been cooler than normal here. Often it is like 30 when the club is ready to take off for the AM ride. Why can't they wait until like 10 am. ? I hate runny noises. Cold feet.I have decent cold weather gear, but it still is a downer.
Have missed a couple rides, when I see the the windows like frosted over. Do you have a problem with motivation when it's near freezing? Somehow, I am obsessed with the club rides and usually can force myself. But, what is wrong with a noon ride.
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Old 12-23-06, 06:33 AM   #2
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Yeah, I'm the same. But riding with other people helps motivate you in the first place. It's quite tempting to not ride at all if it's a bit chilly out.
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Old 12-23-06, 06:54 AM   #3
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We have always chosen to live in the southern climes. This December the northern climes have had some effect on where we are . So far, my motivation to ride with a great group has over rode my wish to see the frost at least disappear from the car tops.
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Depends on what the high temp is going to be for the day or what it'll be like later in the ride. If it's 30 at the start and only going to go up 5 or so degrees for the whole day, then no, I have no problem skipping the group ride, but if it's going to get above 40 45 or more then I'll probably do it. My general rule is 40 degrees or higher, then I'll ride.

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We've had a mild winter thus far here in northern virginia, having said that I have to admit I'm enjoying doing base miles (foundation period training) in the cold-- 32 being about the coldest I've experienced yet. We'll see how I do when it's 12 out there.
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I'm in So Calif as well but at the ocean front. So I also get the fog at times and also ocean winds. I work so that means the rides are beginning around 6 am when its still dark. Its very cold and so the motivation is the 4 or so workouts per week that I need to keep in shape. I don't care for the trainer and do not do the fitness center thing.

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Commuting took care of that aversion. Now I ride in anything and just gear up properly for it.
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Wind is my killer here in Oklahoma. I can deal with the cold at bike speed but if there is a strong wind to add to the picture, I stay home...unless I can map a route that turns the wind into a tail wind.
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Cold generally doesn't stop me. It's the darn short days that make riding this time of year difficult for me.

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I guess commuting to work got me used to cold weather also. I can ride anytime of the day.

I hate summer...so humid here in NC, I can't stand it...but, I commute anyway. Weekend rides during the summer are limited to very early morning.

PS: Of course, it is around 70 degrees today, just a little overcast.
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Old 12-23-06, 01:18 PM   #11
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Living in Fla I have the opposite problem, heat. I motivate myself by looking out the window and watching my fat neighbors.
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Here the difference between 8 am and 10 is like 32 degrees up to maybe 52. So, why the hurry. Club rides are most frequent on Sunday. IF it were 50, I'd be wearing shorts and leg warmers instead of thermal tights. But, the group is worth it.. Well, it should be warmer by February. As for me. I'd rather ride at night if it were 50 , over daylight if it were 30.
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It challenges my motivation. Breathing is harder, muscles are tighter, it takes longer to dress for the ride, and my attention seems to focus more on the road immediately in front of me. I go anyway.
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It doesn't get all that cold here in San Diego so I really look forward to riding in cold weather. One of the reasons I ride in the early morning (I'm usually leaving around 6:10) is to enjoy the cool temps. This past week I had two rides in the low-mid 30s and I loved every second of it. I also love the cold, clammy, foggy mornings.
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this morning I was in los angeles and it was relatively cold. And fun!
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Man, it's been cooler than normal here. Often it is like 30 when the club is ready to take off for the AM ride. Why can't they wait until like 10 am. ? I hate runny noises. Cold feet.I have decent cold weather gear, but it still is a downer.
Have missed a couple rides, when I see the the windows like frosted over. Do you have a problem with motivation when it's near freezing? Somehow, I am obsessed with the club rides and usually can force myself. But, what is wrong with a noon ride.
Like 30????? A couple weeks ago it was 2 degrees when I rode my bike to work(14 miles one way) in 6" of fresh snow.
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No, I don't force myself to ride. I just ride.

I am grateful for every day that doesn't have crazy conditions I consider unrideable (lots of ice or snow on roads, for example) and I'm not gonna miss my chance to ride. As long as I have a destination though (no club rides for me).
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Old 12-24-06, 12:40 AM   #18
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I just dont agree with the rush, Guess, maybe here, it is the fact the French have their big meal of the day at Noon? A family event on Sunday's. I am looking at frost on the car and know how the cold air feels on the lungs. But, then our big meal of the day is dinner. Guess, my ride becomes before my stomach. It's not like on Sunday's they are going to church. What's the rush.
This AM, the temperature was - 2 / c. . Gonna warm up soon they say. I missed the group first time in awhile. Got dressed and took a nap in the chair. Well, gonna ride up to Perpignan and get a Christmas gift or two when it gets above freezing.

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No problem getting motivated for the cold weather since I use my commute to work as a major incentive. When it's below freezing, the air is dryer than when it's in the upper 30 or low 40 degree range, making for a warmer ride. Plus, I do not sweat as much, making it warmer still when I have to make a long stop on the commute. With my new foul weather gear, cold/rainy weather is a far less factor in my decision to ride as was in years past.
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Dragging myself out for frigid solo's is like doing a chore I hate. The temps have been quite decent here as of late, and I still find it hard to get out. I guess it's the "It's Winter Even Though It Doesn't Feel Like It Syndrome!" Yet, when my club has it's annual New Years Day Ride, I find myself anxious to get out with the group, no matter what the weather seems to throw at us.
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this year i just won't do it on the road bike! i will take the mtb out if it's not TOO cold... but i do wait until later in the day when it "warms up" some! i decided this winter that i ride for fun... and if i'm too cold... i'm not having fun!
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Temperature has never really a problem for me, Now wind on the other hand, that is a totally different animal.
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I ride as long as it's not raining. Only beacue I don't want to ruin my equipment, hubs,wheels,bearing things. I ride in the cold,wind, heat, no matter. I have a couple of riders that usually ride that are fair weather riders. I ride even if the wind is 40 mph. If it is 10 mph or above, I get a call suggesting we do a shorter ride which means a different starting point. Nope, I do my ride no matter the conditions. When it is cold, I do stuff cotton or tissue in my ears. That brainfreeze thingy hurts!
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Cold isn't as big a problem for me as wind is. If it's windy and cold then forget it, it's no fun so I do something else inside like bike maintenance.
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Cold generally doesn't stop me. It's the darn short days that make riding this time of year difficult for me.

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