I have ridden off and on for 30 years in both Illinois and Ohio. Running always took precidence and biking was used on recovery days. During training for the 96 Columbus Marathon I developed Plantar Fasciitis and I had to rethink my exercize routine. I laid off both running and biking and became depressed and chubby. I would bike occasionally, but hated riding in the cold. 2 years ago I decided I was going to start riding to and from work. The drivers in Columbus ignore or just don't see bikers. I tried very hard to obey the rules of the road and stay out of the way of the time limited SUVs. I still became road pizza when a Mercedes driving Claira Peller lookalike turned in front of me and I broadsided her passenger door and flew into one of the busiest intersections in Columbus. Although I face-plant her side window and cartwheel through the air, I recieved very few injuries, the same could not be said for my 25 year old schwinn. I decided from that point on I would become a trail rider. I load my bike up in my truck, drive 1 mile to the Olentangy Trail and ride to work, which is only 2 blocks from the trail.
I am riding 2 or 3 days a week if the weather permits. The ice can be unforgiving here and I have not found a way to ride on it without crashing. My coworkers find me amusing and or crazy for riding in the winter. I see a few other bikers out on the trail and our downtown is full of bike messengers. Through trial and error I have found the right apparel and I just received rain boots for Christmas. I enjoy the challenges of riding in all 4 seasons. Although it will never replace running, biking has given me a new outlook on life.