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Arrrrgggg living in western Washington sucks!

Old 01-08-13, 02:00 AM
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Arrrrgggg living in western Washington sucks!

I was kicking so much ass on my bike in 2012, it was getting ridiculous. I was getting confident and tackling very difficult mountain roads. I was averaging about 100 miles a week. I was having a blast. Weight was falling off me. But now, it is time for it to rain for 6 months. Non stop. Every day. I can't get motivated to gear up and ride through the crappy cold rain. It's no fun. I'm really not even exaggerating. It will be raining until around July.


I've been running at the gym, and lifting weights, but I'm not getting nearly as much cardio as I was riding. I'm not ballooning back up in weight or anything. But I was really enjoying riding, and now it's a miserable slog through freezing rain and I don't even want to do it. Washington sucks. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
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I'm originally from WA although the east side (on the ID border) and I would love to move back some day. I miss the mountains!

That being said I dislike western WA weather. My sister lives in Forks. I'm not sure how to deal with all that rain except to embrace it.
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Explore some indoor cycling...I'm thinking of doing some Sufferfest for rainy day fun. From Olympia, but here in Hawaii for a bit and we're in the windy, rainy season.
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Having twice ridden from Seattle up to Bay View and then along ACA's Northern Tier route across the entire state, can't say I feel sorry for you.
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Originally Posted by Big Pete 1982
I was kicking so much ass on my bike in 2012, it was getting ridiculous. I was getting confident and tackling very difficult mountain roads. I was averaging about 100 miles a week. I was having a blast. Weight was falling off me. But now, it is time for it to rain for 6 months. Non stop. Every day. I can't get motivated to gear up and ride through the crappy cold rain. It's no fun. I'm really not even exaggerating. It will be raining until around July.


I've been running at the gym, and lifting weights, but I'm not getting nearly as much cardio as I was riding. I'm not ballooning back up in weight or anything. But I was really enjoying riding, and now it's a miserable slog through freezing rain and I don't even want to do it. Washington sucks. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
Yep, Im in the same boat. The news stated we had 29 days of rain in December - 29 DAYS!!! I live over in Woodinville (near Redmond) and the weather is brutal. Its not too cold but its the rain. My cycling shoes dont dry out between ride as they get wet on EVERY ride.

Indoor trainer is 'OK' for awhile but nothing like the open road.

We moved here from Sonoma County, CA. In Sonoma it was the opposite, sun, sun, sun - I loved it. Unless you live out here - it's hard to grasp the rain, rain, rain....
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Originally Posted by magohn
Yep, Im in the same boat. The news stated we had 29 days of rain in December - 29 DAYS!!! I live over in Woodinville (near Redmond) and the weather is brutal. Its not too cold but its the rain. My cycling shoes dont dry out between ride as they get wet on EVERY ride.

Indoor trainer is 'OK' for awhile but nothing like the open road.

We moved here from Sonoma County, CA. In Sonoma it was the opposite, sun, sun, sun - I loved it. Unless you live out here - it's hard to grasp the rain, rain, rain....
I moved here from Arizona! I used to actually have a sun tan! People here are in total denial about how bad the weather sucks. The ones that grew up here don't know what they are missing!
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I too was born and raised in Washington (except for 1 year living in Vicksburg Mississippi when I was in 5th grade). Born in Mt Vernon...lived all over the state. I love the state for its beauty and I miss my family (pretty much all my immediate family lives somewhere in the state and actually my husband's family lives up there now too)....but I cannot deal with the cold, wet, snowy/rainy winters. I moved to So Cal in June 1988 and I have no intention of moving back.
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Having grown up in N. Idaho, I love the rain in Winter! You don't have to shovel it!!!!!
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Big Pete, I hear you about the rain. I live about 30 miles south of Seattle and man it is raining right now. It has either been wet or really cold and not the type of weather to go ride outside with. Yesterday I rode in the house for an hour to a workout DVD. I need to do that today. I would much rather ride outside. I was already supposed to do that today but had a hard time getting up. I will get my ride in before the day is over but it will be in the house again and another DVD, maybe I'll do "Cycling for Cadence".

Getting some riding in is better than no, so get a trainer and ride in the house (yes it can be boring but that is why I ride to cycling DVD's and not just watch a movie).
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Greetings from just south of Ilwaco, and Pacific County.. Astoria..
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There are many people in your area that ride year around. Perhaps a little HTFU is in order!
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I lived in Tacoma and Bellingham over 30 years and rode about 4 days a week, year round, during that time. I had a fantastic collection of wet weather apparel and equipment. My wife and I rode street bikes and mountain bikes no matter how wet, how cold, or how dark. We congratulated ourselves on how tough we were and how nice it was to ride year round in mostly 42 to 72 degree temperatures. We were SO glad we did not have to contend with snow, ice, or excessive heat.

I moved to Tacoma in 1965 and my wife is a native of the Pacific NW (Longview to Bellingham)

Then we sold our Tacoma house in 2000 and everything we owned and went sailing.

Big Mistake!

We spent a year bicycling in San Diego then four years riding in Baja California, and Western Mexico. We then took the boat back to Tacoma.

We found that we were physically and psychologically unable to ride in less than 60 degree temperatures and less than 50% sun in the sky. We tried to re-adapt to the Puget Sound riding conditions but after five years we took the boat back to San Diego.

We now spend mid-October thru mid-June or July on the boat in San Diego and then return to Tacoma to ride during the warm dry three months of the year.

I am currently back in Tacoma and hating it. I've been here 17 days now and have seen 14 days of rain and 3 days of freezing fog. I've only been able to get myself on my wet weather bike three times in the last two weeks.

I'd highly recommend moving somewhere warm and dry during the winter.

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I'm right there with you. It's tough to get motivated to ride the bike in the rain. I even have full coverage fenders, the best rain gear money can buy, shoe covers, waterproof socks, wool base layers, lights,... i have it all - still, no motivation to ride in that crappy weather. It's been a lot of time on the treadmill watching football games. I have focused on my diet. I'll be getting to work on my resistance exercise shortly. I guess the way I look at it is, this is our "off season." When July through September gets here... there is no other place in the world I would want to be.

So, for now, I'll look at this time of year as "training camp." I'll work on losing weight, getting leaner, flexibility, strength, and forming good dietary habits. When those 60+ degree days hit in late April... I'll be itching to get on the bike! But yes, I wish I lived in San Diego.
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If you can't see the mountains, it's raining. If you can see the mountains, it's going to rain tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
There are many people in your area that ride year around. Perhaps a little HTFU is in order!
This to be polite!

As a Washington native, lived here for all but 5-6 years as a young child, now 49..... Move! If the climate does not agree with you move, move fast. My state once was a much better place to live and then it was "discovered" by outsiders. Move back please. I've said for years we need a good hard winter or three to send the fair weather folks packing....... If more of you would move away perhaps our cost of living, cost of housing, traffic congestion, impact on the wild lands I enjoy would all be a bit less. However if you must remain stay on the West side of the rock. Come visit, spend your money, but then return home.

Want to trade the rain for snow covered roads? Or Smoke filled valleys? (last fall) Seriously meditate on rule #9 embrace the 5 and dime and go for a ride in the liquid sunshine, you will feel better.
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Originally Posted by Black wallnut
This to be polite!

As a Washington native, lived here for all but 5-6 years as a young child, now 49..... Move! If the climate does not agree with you move, move fast. My state once was a much better place to live and then it was "discovered" by outsiders. Move back please. I've said for years we need a good hard winter or three to send the fair weather folks packing....... If more of you would move away perhaps our cost of living, cost of housing, traffic congestion, impact on the wild lands I enjoy would all be a bit less. However if you must remain stay on the West side of the rock. Come visit, spend your money, but then return home.

Want to trade the rain for snow covered roads? Or Smoke filled valleys? (last fall) Seriously meditate on rule #9 embrace the 5 and dime and go for a ride in the liquid sunshine, you will feel better.
I've lived in a few states now and I can tell you one thing for certain. EVERYWHERE you go, the people that grew up there claim it was paradise until the "outsiders" moved in. I'm calling BS on that. Housing prices didn't go up because of "outsiders". They went up everywhere because a bunch of ******* realtors convinced everyone that is what property was worth and the banks turned a blind eye while giving massive loans to people they knew weren't financially fit to have them. Social values have declined nation wide as well. Not due to outsiders, but due to a collapse in traditional family values and a moral compass that has gone askew. There is literally no difference in me living in my house vs a Washington native. I work. I pay taxes. I'm friendly with my neighbors. I spend my money in my local community. I live here now so this has become my home. So quit your *****ing about my *****ing about the weather. The weather sucks here and you know it. Things were better when you were a kid because at the time (big shocker coming here!) YOU WERE A KID! Everything is awesome when you are a kid.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
There are many people in your area that ride year around. Perhaps a little HTFU is in order!
It's no fun. It's not about physically being able to do it. I don't like coming home soaked and freezing with numb fingers and toes. If people want to ride in this weather, great. Good for them. I just happen to think it sucks and I don't have the attention span to ride on a trainer as I'm bored stiff in about 10 minutes. I've been at the gym running, but I used to regularly go on 4+ hour rides. I run for maybe 30 minutes. Sorry if I seem a little pissed off. It's just this year the weather is really bumming me out. Probably because I've been crawling around in the freezing mud hunting elk. I'm so sick of rain I'd be perfectly happy if I never saw a drop again!
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O.k. You have had your vent. What's next on your agenda?
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Big Pete - Im with you 100%. Yes, we ride int the rain in the PNW. Its not about 'HTFU', if we didn't we wouldn't get any saddle time in.

As for 'outsiders' leaving the state, sure we can go but we will take our $10,000 a year property taxes with us. See how long your 'world class bike lane infrastructure' lasts without that.
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Originally Posted by Big Pete 1982
It's no fun. It's not about physically being able to do it. I don't like coming home soaked and freezing with numb fingers and toes. If people want to ride in this weather, great. Good for them. I just happen to think it sucks and I don't have the attention span to ride on a trainer as I'm bored stiff in about 10 minutes. I've been at the gym running, but I used to regularly go on 4+ hour rides. I run for maybe 30 minutes. Sorry if I seem a little pissed off. It's just this year the weather is really bumming me out. Probably because I've been crawling around in the freezing mud hunting elk. I'm so sick of rain I'd be perfectly happy if I never saw a drop again!
A lot of it is attitude. I find that I may not want to ride to work when it is pouring down rain. I b*tch about it for the first 5 minutes but love it. Just get out there and enjoy it. If people only rode when it was sunshine in Western WA, they would ride maybe two months out of the year.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
A lot of it is attitude. I find that I may not want to ride to work when it is pouring down rain. I b*tch about it for the first 5 minutes but love it. Just get out there and enjoy it. If people only rode when it was sunshine in Western WA, they would ride maybe two months out of the year.

I rode all last winter in the rain here. Quite a bit actually. I did it because I was losing weight and didn't want to stop my progress. I didn't enjoy it. Even in cold weather/rain gear, I would come home freezing cold and soaked to the bone. It would be hours before I could feel my toes again.

In the summer though, I would go on 4-6 hour rides several days a week and it was awesome and I enjoyed almost all of it. Even 10,000 ft climb days were fun.

So now I'm in pretty decent shape (I'll always be a clyde because I'm 6'7) and when I look outside, I just can't get motivated to go riding when it's 43 degrees and raining everyday and I don't enjoy time at the gym lifting weights or running as much as riding. Moving isn't really a viable option. I have an awesome career here and would be stupid to just quit because of the weather. I guess I'm not really looking for answers or advice. Just whining like a ***** i guess. Sorry, I'll stop now.
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I admittedly find it tough to ride on weekends in the rain, but the only time the rain bothers me on my commutes is when it is too warm. And, admittedly, it is a bit wetter up toward Seattle than here, but not by a whole lot.
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And now to be mean. I'd like to post and feel sorry for you but its 85 outside, partly cloudy and I really need to get a ride in. Good luck with your miserable weather.
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Originally Posted by LiamSkymom
And now to be mean. I'd like to post and feel sorry for you but its 85 outside, partly cloudy and I really need to get a ride in. Good luck with your miserable weather.
come back to this thread in July and tell us about your weather... you'll wish you were in Washington (just like I wish I were in Florida right now.)
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Originally Posted by InTheRain
come back to this thread in July and tell us about your weather... you'll wish you were in Washington (just like I wish I were in Florida right now.)
Very true

I'm just about to leave on my nightly 5.5 mile ride. Its hailing and 37 degrees. Looks lovely!



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