Around here there is no hills just county roads which I ride. But now winter is getting things dark and windy as usual in the midwest. Well I have this subdivision where I live that has 2 loops of about 1.7 miles and 1.3. I can ride these loops with no traffic to worry, the road is smooth, no hills, but I can keep doing a criterion for as many miles as I want. I do this sometimes as it gets dark when I leave early AM and then as sun comes up go on out to the county road right near. I have a good light and frankly I really do not mind doing the loops as you can ride no stop never put the foot down and simply go till you get whatever you want.
So here is the question. I am thinking that frankly I need to get past the road cycling thing and admit that this is really ok. I am spinning and riding and better than a trainer inside, but I feel like I am cheating. The neighborhood houses blocks the wind pretty good and being a loop I also get at least 1/2 the loop on my side of the wind. I have great pavement and really no traffic so why not take it as a gift. The other part of me says this is just avoiding the real elements and I need to just HTFU. Being a runner also I can run in the winter but sometimes with age my legs are getting slow for running and I probably should ride and not run as much. My tendency in winter is to simply to ride only weekends but this loop has me thinking I could go out tomorrow at 5:15 am in the pitch dark and ride for basically almost 2 hours and get in 32-37miles depending. In fact as long as the snow and ice are not around this can work.
Then another part of me says you crazy deacon with OCD just take a few weeks off or ride bit on the trainer and sweat up a store. This can only happen on BF. Anyone else have these crazy small loops they do in addition to my question.