winter is comming
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Bikes: Mikado kensington 2003, "commuterized" 8yr old Mongoose hilltopper SX, Baycrest Hurricane 10 speed
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Confessions of an ex-winter cyclist
So, the "fair weather" cycling season started again for me about a month ago. But I used to be a winter cyclist bad*ss like all of you...
When winter came last year I wussed out... I think it's a combination of a few things:
-Got a bad cold as soon as winter started. Was knocked off my feet for 2 solid weeks.
-Montreal's winter was really crazy we hadn't had this much snow in 30 years...
-my office moved to a downtown area, and the streets I'd have to take are a bit crazy in the summer, worse in the winter when snow and ice make the streets ever smaller.
-I fell on my chin at the end of last winter and had to go to the hospital to get glued up. I was trying to wait till the end of winter to buy new studded tires (mine were all worn out). So I guess Ice + bike seems a bit scary to me.
So as a result, I gained 25-30 pounds, winter was hard (as opposed to fun), and I am soooo out of shape... I know I will climb that hill back, but instead of getting in better shape every winter like the previous 3, I got back to the same state I was 2 winters ago...
I guess when I'm trying to say is: If you cycled in the winter and you can still go on, don't stop!
I think I will find a way next winter.