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Cold Weather Poll(46 posts)

Cold Weather PollFez
Jan 22, 2003 8:08 PM
Most parts of the country are experiencing colder than normal temperatures.

In light of this, are you:

1) Continuing to ride, but with a few more layers
2) Riding indoors or going to the gym
3) Cross-training (running or some other outdoor activity)
4) Doing nothing and watching your weight increase and your fitness decrease.

I am doing a combination of 1 and 4.
short answer, 1, 2, 3 and 4weiwentg
Jan 22, 2003 9:12 PM
I have lost some fitness due to lack of motivation. it's unavoidable, I think, considering the temperature is in the teens with strong wind, and no one else is riding.
I intend to do some amount of running. I am still taking short rides outdoors, but even with two pairs of warm gloves and glove liners, my hands start hurting within 30 minutes - I have sensitive hands. I am lifting weights, as well as running. and I ride on the trainer, which brings to mind images of hamsters running on those wheels. human psychology is vastly different from hamster psychology, which goes some way towards explaining why I don't feel too satisfied riding the trainer.
mostly 2 & 3, as much 1 as my toes can handle before freezingcollinsc
Jan 22, 2003 9:30 PM
and absolutely no #4.
2 (rollers, weights, yoga), 3 (XC skiing, skating). nmSpunout
Jan 23, 2003 4:00 AM
NOT #4!Mike P
Jan 23, 2003 4:01 AM
4 is not an option, it can only cause problems when you start to do 1, 2 and 3 again.

I ride outside if the temp is above 30 or so and it is not wet or icy out. Layering properly is the key to riding outside, (and those little chemical hand warmers).

I have been spending a little more time on the rollers this year for some reason. I have split my roller workouts into AM and PM so I am riding twice a day a few times a week. My weekly milage has actually increased.

I don't go to the gym or run much but I do enjoy hiking.

Go ride,
2 & 3.ryder1
Jan 23, 2003 4:25 AM
Below zero is too cold to ride outside for me.
For me 1 and 2, no #4 for me been there before (NM)abicirider
Jan 23, 2003 4:43 AM
1 & 2Len J
Jan 23, 2003 4:49 AM
After three months of (Accident induced) inactivity, and a new job that involves 4 to 5 days a week of travel, I'm riding outside whenever I get the chance. Riding inside at the hotel a couple of days a week.

I don't appreciate it till it's gone!

1,2,3 combovelocity
Jan 23, 2003 4:54 AM
I've actually been losing some of the weight I put on 'round the end of last year.

I'm riding less outdoors, but still commuting everday and getting in training rides. As long as I dress appropriately, I can deal with freezing temperatures if the roads are okay. When it's as cold as it has been lately, though, my rides admittedly tend to be shorter than usual.

The good news about this time of year is it's freed up some of my evenings and I've resumed taking yoga classes, which I find really helps my form on the bike.
1 & 2JimP
Jan 23, 2003 5:18 AM
Like Len, I travel so I try to ride in the hotel a couple of days a week and bundle up on the weekend.
1, 2 and 3 (nm)SS_MB-7
Jan 23, 2003 5:20 AM
1, 3, and a little 2...biknben
Jan 23, 2003 5:37 AM
I've been commuting. Challenging myself to go lower each day. This morning it was 9 degrees, wind chill -3. Tomorrow's forcast is for single digit temps and winds between 20-30 mph. I'll take the day off and rest before the weekend rides.

I run a few times a week and do some strength exercises at home. If I can't commute I get on the trainer.
Jan 23, 2003 5:44 AM
1 (somewhat), 2 (not enough), 4 (in part). . .ms
Jan 23, 2003 6:07 AM
I have continued to ride outside, but not as long as far as I would like. For example, last weekend, I did a 14 mile ride on Saturday and a 29 mile ride on Sunday. I have not done any riding during the week. I have been riding on the trainer. But, notwithstanding my best intentions of riding indoors 3-4 days per week, it usually is twice per week. As a consequence of only doing 1 somewhat and 2 not enough, I have gained weight (about 3 pounds) and worry that my fitness is decreasing. But, I really dislike the indoor trainer and it is hard to motivate myself to ride for too long outdoors when the high temperatures of the day are in the 20s. If only we could have some warm weekend days -- like something in the high 30s (LOL).
1 only, but more MTB than usual (wind isn't a factor in the trees) -nmTig
Jan 23, 2003 6:08 AM
Jan 23, 2003 6:10 AM
-9(F) this morningAndy M-S
Jan 23, 2003 6:14 AM
Here on the blamy Wisconsin West Coast, I'm doing mostly 1, but some days (like this past week!) I've been doing rollers, so it's 2 time. 3 doesn't interest me much, and the second and third parts of 4 happen anyway, so...
Whereabouts?Mel Erickson
Jan 23, 2003 9:01 AM
It's 1,2,3 & 4 for me. Isn't this weather wonderful? Actually, this winter has been pretty kind. With no snow and ice the roads are rideable, regardless of the temperature. I don't go out much below 20 and do spinning to supplement.
1 only, but then it's 10 degrees ABOVE normal here (nm)terry b
Jan 23, 2003 6:15 AM
1 (Miss M is killing me).MB1
Jan 23, 2003 6:19 AM
She keeps saying "Let's ride as much as we can while we can, tomorrow might be worse."

We are riding at least as much as we did last year when the weather was very mild.
Jan 23, 2003 6:24 AM
... I'm sooo far off your scale, you'd have to revise the poll for me to answer...

Be the bike.
1, 2, and 3 ...tarwheel
Jan 23, 2003 6:36 AM
My mileage is off, mainly due to travel, but the weather this weekend could prevent me from reaching my monthly goal (500+) as we had several inches of snow last night and it's supposed to be below freezing through the weekend. Most of my friends have quit doing long rides on the weekends, so I have been doing more solo rides and shorter distances. The wind has hurt more than anything. It's been very windy almost every day, which is hard to ride in when there are no other riders to draft. I had hoped to do a long ride on Monday for the MLK holiday, but it was so windy I just rode 24 miles. I've been going to spin classes a lot more than usual, which is a good alternative in poor weather, and also going on long hikes.

We went to Washington DC for my birthday last weekend (surprise trip so couldn't bring my bike), and walked for 3-4 hours each day in the freezing cold and wind. I figure that was pretty good cross training and pretty good recovery for my legs, which needed it. Might have to drag out the mountain bike this weekend, which I only ride a few times a year.
re: Cold Weather Pollmacalu
Jan 23, 2003 6:42 AM
Mostly #1, some #4. Here in the DC area it has mostly stayed at mid-20s or higher, which is ridable for me. Last couple of days its been in the teens, too cost to bike commute for me. I have seen a few hardy souls two-wheeling on the MUT, however.
I wish it was only coldcommuterguy
Jan 23, 2003 6:54 AM
My normal routes are also very icy in some extended stretches and under 2-3 inches of road salt in others. Riding a steel frame, I can't risk the salt; riding a road bike, I can't deal with the ice.

The only real risk from the cold, IMHO, is getting really sweaty and then having a serious mechanical issue that, in turn, creates a hypothermia risk. THe cold alone, down to 10 or 15 degrees F, isn't too much of a problem.

Sadly, my answer is some 3 but mostly 4.
Combination of 1 and 4, too.fbg111
Jan 23, 2003 7:03 AM
Jan 23, 2003 7:05 AM
I find that I am reluctant to go out and hammer if it is below 35 degrees. I can get a much better workout indoor. My limit is about two hours on the trainer, so I'm going to have to wait until I can get outside before I do longer rides. Some of my friends tell me that they just can't do it indoors. My line is "It's all in your head."
Sigh. Alas...#4Kristin
Jan 23, 2003 7:11 AM
My intentions are always good until the mercury falls below 10. Once its back up to 40, I'll probably ride again.
Jan 23, 2003 7:21 AM
I run or ride indoors in foul weather or if the roads are narrowed by snow banks. If it's above 25 and the roads are clear I'll ride for 90 minutes or so.
1 and 2...It's pretty cold in DC today!Gregory Taylor
Jan 23, 2003 7:22 AM
I rode yesterday (temps around 12 in the morning, at least according to the thermometer on my shed) with little wind and got along fine. I bagged it today because it is (1) colder, and (2) windier. I have visions of having a flat and freezing my kiester off. In fact, I think that I would just jog with the bike until I could find a place to hole up and change the tire.

Did a couple of gym workouts over the weekend. Intervals on the spin bike were actually pretty nice. Warm, music, and a wall of televisions to distract me.
I told Miss M that if she ever gets a flat in the morning....MB1
Jan 23, 2003 7:48 AM
To just flag you down and have you fix it. So get back out there-Miss M needs you!

2, 3(snowboarding), & 4 (nm)jtferraro
Jan 23, 2003 7:49 AM
Been in the 60s here, 20 degrees above normal.cory
Jan 23, 2003 7:49 AM
I had to get the shorts out of the winter clothes box, shake out a couple of T-shirts and dig up the summer gloves. We'll pay for it when we can't water lawns next summer, but it's pretty nice right now.
1,2 and 3 nmcastrello
Jan 23, 2003 8:05 AM
2 and 1vindicator
Jan 23, 2003 8:11 AM
I still try to do my weekly long ride outdoors if at all possible, but I won't go out if the streets are slick or if it's in the teens or below (20s are iffy).

Indoor rides on the rollers and weight lifting the rest of the time.
re: Cold Weather Pollnetso
Jan 23, 2003 8:17 AM
I am continuing to ride - may skip this weekend - my wife says no - too cold!
1 & 2PMC
Jan 23, 2003 8:22 AM
With sub zero temps being the norm right now, the trainer is getting daily use. On those days when the temp makes it into the low 30s and the roads don't look too bad, I'll still head out and try to get a few miles in before the sun goes down.
re: Cold Weather Pollshawniemc
Jan 23, 2003 10:18 AM
1 until my wife gave me a cold. 4 for the last week to get over it. Hoping to ride tomorrow even though it'll be in the negatives. The coldest I've gone so far is -4, had no problems! Today was -14 in the morning, haven't gone that far yet! I may before the winter is over.
2 and 3 for mer-kelley
Jan 23, 2003 11:29 AM
I've been on the trainer for about 45 minutes each day. Just enought to keep the muscle memory. Been doing a lot of running to get ready for the Miami Marathon in a little over a week. If I don't qualify for the Boston there(3 hours, 10 minutes), it will be back outside to bike each night and learn to swim in the morning so I can accomplish the goal of doing a tin man this summer. Also been fooling around in the gym, downhill skiing and indoor rock climbing.
2,3 mostlydotkaye
Jan 23, 2003 11:35 AM
swim, run, weights every week; ride, weather permitting - I don't do sub-freezing on the bike, get cold sores every time: though I'll run in anything except blizzards or ice.
Winter in Canada.....CalgaryDave
Jan 23, 2003 3:55 PM
..... is known as 6 months of winter and 6 months of marginal snowmobiling.
Your #2 and #3 work for me. Indoor trainer 2x/week and weights at a gym 2x/week. Just getting back in the groove after 3 months of brutal stress. X-C skiing and the occassional run round out the week.
What cold weather ???Andy
Jan 23, 2003 4:34 PM
Here in Salt Lake City we have been experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures. This is bad because everybody has been out training and I'm going to get my behind kicked when racing season starts in March.

My secret weapon of spinning all winter along with riding on the trainer has been negated.
2 mostly, some of 1, avoiding 4.look271
Jan 23, 2003 4:35 PM
Last time I rode was about 1 week ago outside. It hasn't been above 20F since then! Mostly I've been riding the trainer and lifting weights. Hopefully next week the temps will be somewhere above 25 and I'll commute again and get some real riding in. It's just too friggin' cold!
NUMBER ONE and some no. 4 nmafrican
Jan 23, 2003 7:13 PM
riding outside in shorts, actually nmDougSloan
Jan 23, 2003 7:51 PM
Oh shut up! It's 14f w/ winds around 20mph. Sheesh! =) nmlook271
Jan 24, 2003 6:43 AM
nya nya nya nya nya ;-) nmDougSloan
Jan 24, 2003 6:53 AM