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Getting yourself out there

Old 03-04-07, 12:55 PM
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Getting yourself out there

How do you guys deal with the cold? Not clothing wise, but mentally? I've got a big race in the end of June I've been training for and I've done great for the past two months to get some good base mileage in but I think this cold is finally starting to get to me, today is one of the warmer days at 40F but the windchill says 27F, THAT is what I can't handle, that damn wind. It's kind of messed up because the entire month of February it was MUCH colder, in the single digits and teens and I was till able to talk myself into riding but I think I've just plain had it, I want that warmer weather to come. So...so I don't ruin all the hard work that I've put into my training thus far this year what do I do? Maybe it's the whole winter depression thing or something. All I know is that it's driving me nutz!! Especially after yesterday's ride of getting caught in a storm on my way home in temps that went from 45F to 30F in a half hour and wind gusts so strong that I literally almost got blown over, my motivation isn't really there today. And the rest of this week is just going to get colder...BAH!
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Old 03-04-07, 01:03 PM
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Don't worry only a week till we set the clock forward and having that extra hour of sunlight in the evening should help melt away the winter blues. It won't have any affect on the temps but I know coming home aruond 5PM and knowing that I can still get out for about 2hrs. should help my motivation quite a bit.
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Well, it's 37 here. That is the warmest it's been in weeks, and the snow is melting-ish.

I think to myself "Cypress, you're racing Mt. Hood in less than 3 months and you're 10-15 pounds overweight. You also suck something awful, so get your pudgy ass out there and work."
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Its all about having a good goal in mind for me
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Helps to have a trainer so you can at least do some intervals indoors on the worst days.

But, just think: while you're out there ridin' and trainin' for that race in the crappiest weather, the guys you're gonna beat are home, comfy and warm, eatin' pie, right where you want them to be.
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There is plenty of great cycling specific clothing and gear to get anybody out and riding down into the single digits. Layers and windblocking fabrics do the trick plenty for me. After that it is more about acclimation than anything else. Rain is a bit more tricky, but then again there is some great gear for dealing that the wet too. I call it a day at ice though.

On the other hand, motivation and the desire to confront wind and weather are an inside deal. What helps me in that regard is to remember that I always feel better once I am on the bike.
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Originally Posted by rule
What helps me in that regard is to remember that I always feel better once I am on the bike.
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All that winter gear slows me down on the bike. It really sucks riding fast all summer in bibs and a jersey, to putting on all that bulky winter gear and seeing your speed/times go to hell.

At least that's my experience. I take December, January and February off. I'll feel like mush at first, but I'll start improving again very quickly. But then again, I only race against myself.
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Originally Posted by DRLski
How do you guys deal with the cold? I've got a big race in the end of June ... And the rest of this week is just going to get colder...BAH!
One path is finding an early May event that you need to train for, and let the immediacy of it force you out into the cold. For me it's http://www.tosrv.org, if I drag myself through that I'll be ok in June.
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I don't really mind anymore. But I kinda like the cold. Once I figured out how best to dress for myself it isn't bad at all.

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Originally Posted by DRLski
How do you guys deal with the cold? Not clothing wise, but mentally?
Me? In an indoor, cold-fearing, wussy, hating-my-trainer kind of way. Best of luck!
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