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Old 12-17-08, 09:16 AM
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8 degrees, fresh snow, can't ride and mad

I've been preparing like crazy for the cold weather and snow and when it comes time to take advantage of all the preparation, circumstances prevent me from riding.

Most people would not understand this attitude but I know you folks do.

Anybody else miss riding when the conditions are at their worst?
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Last winter I rode in all conditions except the worst snow events. I've vowed to never miss a day of riding this winter, regardless of how bad it gets. If there's a foot of snow on the streets, I'll still ride because I felt the same way that you do: upset that the weather was preventing me from riding.

I'm a bit lucky though that my commute can be as short as 3.5 miles, so even if I'm going like 7 or 8 mph in heavy snow, I can still do it in a reasonable amount of time. And I can put up with any amount of discomfort in that short of a commute. The roads I ride on are pretty low speed too, so that helps. I'm not as worried about getting plowed into by a car that thinks they can drive 50 mph in bad conditions. If cars are really sliding around, I'll get on the sidewalk.

The alternative for me is public transportation, which is aggravating beyond belief. I'd have to take a light rail trolley that runs part of the way above ground on a busy city street, and even under the best circumstances, it's far slower than riding my bike. Last winter I took the train home during a snow storm, and it took over an hour to cover 3 miles. Unbelievable. I should have gotten out and walked, but there's always that hope that things will pick up...

Never again! I'm done with public transportation.
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The circumstances that prevented me from riding did not involve the weather. It's family stuff and as much as we love riding, family comes first, right? Uh, right?
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Ah, I see what you're saying.

Yeah, it is kind of fun sometimes to get out there in awful conditions
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Yeah I get antsy when I have to sit around for whatever the reason.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
I've been preparing like crazy for the cold weather and snow and when it comes time to take advantage of all the preparation, circumstances prevent me from riding.

Most people would not understand this attitude but I know you folks do.

Anybody else miss riding when the conditions are at their worst?
Don't worry... there will be more snow.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
The circumstances that prevented me from riding did not involve the weather. It's family stuff and as much as we love riding, family comes first, right? Uh, right?
Definitely...actually on a multi-month hiatus for the benefit of the family unit. Sucks not to ride, but spending more time with my 21 month old daughter is well worth it
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Old 12-17-08, 10:14 AM
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Don't worry... there will be more snow.
yeah for me there actually might not be, this year anyway, but I'm willing to live with(out) it I guess.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:24 AM
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We had relatively small dose of snow with lovely cold temps. This is going to sound amazing coming from me.... but I have been enjoying killing myself on the trainer. Thus, I have been having issues motivating myself to ride outside. Ah well. When cabin fever starts to set in I will be back out there.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:30 AM
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I feel your pain. I haven't been able to ride this week either due to familial responsibilities. And family and kids do come first. Feel comforted by the fact that there is PLENTY of winter to come. In fact it's not technically winter yet, it's going to be a long haul this year I think.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:40 AM
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We got 6 inches of snow last nigh with a nice ice base, of course the city did a half ass job of plowing, so I didn't ride.
Have a sneaking feeling I'm going to be on the trainer for a while as the city is notorious for letting nature clear the streets and we have another 4 days of snow predicted.
If I had a freaking lane to ride in it would be fine but with no plowing even the major roads end up one lane.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:47 AM
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For the first time in years, I'm actually starting to worry I may lose some fitness. I've only been able to get on the bike once in the last couple weeks and haven't had the trainer set up for years. Looks like I may need to.
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Old 12-17-08, 11:39 AM
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Two things:

The enforced break may well help you from a fitness standpoint.
It's December in what is proving to be a ferocious winter. There's plenty of time yet. Plenty.
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Old 12-17-08, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post

The enforced break may well help you from a fitness standpoint.
I'm thinking much more time off though and that 7% hill out my door may not be quite as easy to hammer.

Are you referring to forced recovery time to help the muscles?

While we're on it, how much time off before that hill really does become hard again?

btw, just found out tomorrow's ride is off too!
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Two rides in the last 3 days were with new snow and -6 F. I can't give up being outside and only ride the trainer when my riding clothes stink so bad they have to be washed.
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We're in the middle of a two-week surprise Indian summer. Was 52 degrees this morning ... will be 79 this afternoon. Crazy.

Sunny, warm breeze -- it's like a spring day outside.
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
Two things:

The enforced break may well help you from a fitness standpoint.
It's December in what is proving to be a ferocious winter. There's plenty of time yet. Plenty.

neener

43 degrees and partly cloudy now

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I got a forced 2.5 week outage with Thanksgiving and, courtesy of my adorable 3 y/o niece, sick enough to be in bed for a while. First time in memory I needed sick leave.

Last week I was back, in the snow going full tilt. It hurt some, but really, no loss in power or speed. You gotta shake things up every now and again.
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It hurt some, but really, no loss in power or speed.
That I like to hear.
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it's family stuff and as much as we love riding, family comes first, right? Uh, right?
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
I've been preparing like crazy for the cold weather and snow and when it comes time to take advantage of all the preparation, circumstances prevent me from riding.

Most people would not understand this attitude but I know you folks do.

Anybody else miss riding when the conditions are at their worst?
Crappy weather day-after-day in Chicago. I must be gaining weight again .
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Turns out I'm getting cardio and weight work with the snow shoveling day after day! Back on the bike in the morning. 2 with snow expected. I'm jacked.
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Couple inches of snow on the ground on Monday and -6 degrees when I head out at 4:30 am. I had to tape a couple of Target bags to my bars as poor mans pogies and arrived at work in fine shape. I should have put a couple of bags on my feet but they defrosted in only a couple of minutes.

The ride home at 4 pm was -2 degrees and felt a lot colder as the return trip doesn't require as much work. Brrrrr. Needless to say I did not stop at the mail box at the top of our complex.

I should say it's 9 mile to work all roads and 12 miles home almost 9 mile on the MUP. Makes me feel like the old mountain men that once roamed theses parts. They did not have the choice of a OPEC oil machine in their day.
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Couple inches of snow on the ground on Monday and -6 degrees when I head out at 4:30 am.
My ride starts around 4:30 am too and I love having the highway basically as a bike path.

I might add that I think I'm tough, but you are tougher.
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