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Wussy Noob needs motivation.....(10 posts)

Wussy Noob needs motivation.....callthedoctor
Oct 28, 2002 8:25 PM
Well...I've been biking on and off for 12 years but always in the spring and summer...and it's been primarily weekend mountain bike riding with some commuting here and there...

This summer, I hit (and love) the road bike scene. I entered my first race (tour) and loved it...and was planning on my first century at the Tour de Tucson in Nov.

Problem is, I live at (a snowy) 7000 feet and it is already quite nippy, and we haven't even hit winter yet....

Right now, I'm in pretty good shape but am VERY afraid that I'll quickly lose any conditioning that I have, primarily because I don't like riding in the cold. I have a (unused) trainer, but my funky Rolf skewers won't fit (EXCUSE)... and I really don't have the funds for any chic winter riding apparal (EXCUSE) and if I did am fearful that I wouldn't even use it....

Any advise other than "suck it up"?

re: Wussy Noob needs motivation.....craigg
Oct 28, 2002 8:55 PM
Option 1:

Find a cheap gym and get ready for summer.

Option 2:

Move to Florida :-)
re: Wussy Noob needs motivation.....REPO42
Oct 28, 2002 9:31 PM
This season I am using the local gyms spin cycling class to keep fit. I attend 2x a week and it has helped a ton. If you don't have one in the area maybe you can start your own with riding buddies a garage and stationary trainers...better than freezing da' balls off....good luck
Forget chic . . .Look381i
Oct 29, 2002 4:08 AM
If you live in snow country, you'll no doubt have cold weather gear. Longies, fleece, warm gloves, balaclavas, headbands, windpants, heavy socks and sandwich bags, etc. can all be pressed into service. A good windblock layer and a few light layers underneath that you can peal as you warm up ought to keep you going down to 30 or so in clear weather.

Worse than that and it's time to head indoors. Your LBS will likely give you an old cheap skewer to use for your rear wheel. Turn on the TV, crank up the music, or add a book holder to your bars to pass the time.

Play some basketball, run indoors, join a spin class . . . you can do it. It helps to find a buddy to reinforce the commitment and keep some company.
Oct 29, 2002 4:53 AM
If you really love the road scene as you stated you will find some way to ride whether(pun intended)its on your trainer or outside in the cold.I know maybe this isn't exactly what you want to hear but sometimes you just have to suck it up and as the folks at the great Swoosh say ,JUST DO IT!
Just remember that the anticipation is almost always worse thanbill
Oct 29, 2002 7:35 AM
the reality. Once you're out pedaling around, it's just not that bad (understand, however, that I draw the line at about 30 degrees -- I have gone out in colder weather, but only if it's really dry; I don't need to die on black ice).
Don't go out at first with the idea of a real workout. Just go out and tool around. Then, work up to it.
It hurts, but "suck it up" sums it upmass_biker
Oct 29, 2002 7:37 AM
Riding in the cold is good for you, providing you have the right gear. If you have the ways and means, consider building up a beater (perhaps you can roadie-ize your MTB?) for the winter. That means fenders, burly tires and the like. Even getting out for 1.25 - 1.5 hours at a time a few times a week goes a long way. Do this 2-3x a week (low gears, tempo pace, all well, well below threshhold) and supplant these types of rides with weight work (indoors = warm), rollers (no problems with skewers, also indoors = warm) and other outdoor stuff (XC skiing) that might work in your neck of the woods.

You don't have to spend much $ for winter duds. Some of the best "base layers" can be found at hunting/camping stores (not more than $10 for a polypro long sleeve top). Performance extra-beefy booties are around $29, and a pair of big and puffy skigloves also do the trick (<$10 at any WalMart or the like). A nice winter cycling jacket does go a long way ($100 range) but you can make do with polypro, a wool sweater and any old shell/jacket.

It's not about looking good, it's about staying warm and turning the pedals around. Any ride that you can wring from the grip of Old Man Winter is a success.

M - "Cold in Mass." - B
It hurts, but "suck it up" sums it upScottland
Oct 29, 2002 4:05 PM
This is what am I doing right now. You should see my Mtn C'dale Super V-500 with road tires and Profile aerobars. With good warm clothes, gloves etc and I fly down the road.......
Used cross crounty sking gear.SnowBlind
Oct 29, 2002 9:17 AM
I hear it is a great cross training program for the winter.
No snow close by here, so I get to ride...
re: Wussy Noob needs motivation.....trout_bum
Oct 29, 2002 10:25 AM
Get yourself an inexpensive set of lightweight or midweight polypropylene thermals around ~$30 as a base layer. With proper care will last for years and keeps you warm and dry. Probably the most important piece of outdoor gear I own-not just for biking either-fishing, backpacking whatever.