I've been cycling ever since the snow and ice started to melt in the NE, I'm not hardy or reckless enough
to keep going through the entire winter. For the last month or so the weather has hovered in the 30s and there seemed to be a constant 20 mph head wind no matter what direction I was cycling, so it has been hard work.
What a difference a nice day makes to the whole cycling experience. With puddles still on the ground from the morning rain I started out with a rain jacket on, but after 10 miles the sun was getting hot and I had to take on more water and remove the jacket. There was no wind and I could feel the sun on my back. Bluebells were in bloom at the side of the road and I felt like I was going 20% faster than in last week's cold and wind.
Cycling in the cold and cycling in the warm are two completely different sports.