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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Central Pa
Bikes: 2000 Bianchi San Remo and a mint 1984 Trek 720
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Only the sound wind, wheels and gears
Well, last summer was my first season as a “real” cyclist. I was concerned that being from central Pa, I would not be able to ride much in the winter and would loose the conditioning progress I made in the warmer months.
I contemplated getting a trainer, but I know I don’t have the discipline to keep at it if it is not lots of fun. Instead, I spent the money on warm clothing , slightly wider, slightly knobby tires, and a good light.
It took a while to get geared up properly, but as of the beginning of this month I have been out riding on week day mornings from 4 to 5:30. This turned out to be much nicer than I had anticipated. The night sky is beautiful, and the roads are empty. The only thing I hear is the sound of the wind, wheels and my gears.
It’s so relaxing, and invigorating. The cold air coming into my lungs wakes me up and clears me out. I’m convinced that being outdoors in the winter, breathing cold air somehow keeps you healthier. Maybe sucking in that cold air kills germs.
I Have to go to bed earlier but the anticipation of the early ride gives me something to look forward to. This is so much fun I may get up really early in the summer for pre dawn rides.
BTW I already did loose some of my conditioning. I got’a build my base miles back up.
but - Hey, This if fun!
It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.