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winteritis(12 posts)

Jan 28, 2003 4:32 AM
How do you describe the disease?

Looking at a thermometer reading 16
Eating fried chicken off the buffet line for lunch
Breaking out the roomy clothing
Watching Wheel of Fortune
Contemplating going to bed at 9:30 for no reason at all

I have got winteritis bad,, help
Don't forget the beer! Lots of beer!!!!!!!!! (nm)GileyD
Jan 28, 2003 5:18 AM
here's your motivation:JS Haiku Shop
Jan 28, 2003 5:48 AM
when you're eating chicken and watching wheel of fortune, some of us in the weight room, on the mind-numbing treadmill, sitting on a trainer staring at a static TV screen, trail running, even (gasp!) riding in cold & miserable weather, and going to bed at 9:30 for all the right reasons. when it gets warmer and the days get longer, watch out.
Riding-the cure for winteritis.MB1
Jan 28, 2003 6:08 AM
Miss M used to get really bummed when daylight savings time ended. She felt that good riding was pretty much over for the year.

Not any more. For the last 3 years we have ridden through the winter-get good clothes and good lights and you are set.

Now for us the winter is the best time of the year to ride. The roads and trails are pretty much empty, autos drive by with more care and the scenery is great.

Give it a try.
I did but fell off the wagon, I mean the bikebigrider
Jan 28, 2003 6:17 AM
I started commuting the week before Christmas and loved it. I have great lights and good clothes but can't seem to pull the trigger in below 30 degree weather.

The last two weeks have been miserable cold ( I live an 90 miles north of you so it is the same stuff you have been riding in)

I will kick start here this week. I just needed to be publicly shamed to get motivated.

By the way, in early spring if you and Miss M are interested in a change of scenery you will have to come up and do a ride in our area.
I am going to try to make one of the fixie century rides down your way.

Also, check out the nightmare tour for the summer. I did it last year, what a tough ride!! It was great.
Tell us more about the Nightmare Tour...MB1
Jan 28, 2003 6:28 AM
How was the support?
Were the directions clear and easy to follow?
What gears did you have?
Would you use different gears if you did the ride again?
How much did it cost you to do it?
Was the route on quiet roads?

Tell all.....
The Nightmare was its namebigrider
Jan 28, 2003 6:57 AM
The ride starts at early in the morning at a school parking lot along the eastern banks of the Susquehanna. You ride along the river to start going up and down scenic hills. The morning started at dusk with everyone wearing their free nightmare jersey and required blinkie lights on the back of their bikes. We were not in race mode but finish mode. The June summer morning started nice and cool but the humidity of the summer night layed like a blanket over the hills.

My jersey was soaked and at mile 60 we had been climbing up and down hills for the first 60 miles and an evil thought ran through my mind ensuring me I would not finish. The course follows the perimeter of Lancaster County, Pa and is the heart of Amish Country. At mile 60 we headed east and went by beautiful creeks and cows. At one point we passed an amish kid driving a team of matched mules pulling a mowing machine.

The humidity lifted and we rode on. We went through small towns and enjoyed our conversations and the scenery. The rest stops were great and supplied with all that was needed. We knew sag support was there for any emergency.

As the miles progressed we pulled into town for our 100 mile rest stop. I ate two slices of the best cheese pizza of my life. The salt just permeated my taste buds, I can't describe the joy. We left quickly knowing there was 77 miles more to go with many more hills but specifically Swamp Church Road. This gem was looming at us at mile 107. Eighteen percent of a half a mile of hell. The goal was to not get off the bike. I threw my gears to my 39/27 combo of my double ringed 12/27 setup and stuck my head down. My cadence dipped dangerously low and I zig zagged on the road. My heart was eexploding as I saw the girls at the top of the hill to punch my tag saying I followed the course properly.

We continued to climb hills and stopped at the next rest stop to see the battered waiting to be driven back to the start finish line. There would be almost a third not finish the task, but there should be no shame in any individual not being able to complete a 177 mile ride with nearly 13,000 feet of climbing in one day.

Finally the last 20 miles were before us and the hills were gone. We came across the finish line and two thoughts exploded in my mind.

What an accomplishment
Never again

I don't know if I can do it this year. Like the organizer said before the ride: Don't loaf around and waste time with your friends while riding the Nightmare, that's what it wants you to do, you will not finish.

The Nightmare felt like a monster at certain points. But what a beautiful monster it was. I loved it.
Jan 28, 2003 7:10 AM
The support was great
Almost all of the roads were country but since it was a perimeter ride there were a few that were not scenic and were well traveled.

I rode the ride at 6'2" and 240lbs. The 39/53 12/27 worked well for me. I could have used a 32 on the Swamp church hill.

There was great scenery on the ride.

The cost is 75 bucks or 200 donated to a Lancaster County charity. Check out the link in the first message for more info. You get a free jersey for torturing yourself.
Where are you at?look271
Jan 28, 2003 7:08 AM
I'm in New Cumberland, outside of Harrisburg. I'm contemplating doing the Nightmare one of these years, possibly this year, if I get alot of miles in. A friend of mine did it last year. He got lost (this is typical for him.....)
I am in Dixiebigrider
Jan 28, 2003 7:12 AM
12 miles south of the mason dixon line in Maryland in a town that lost becoming the Capital of our great nation by one vote?

have a 1000 miles under your belt and 3 hilly centuries.
I'll have at least that many mileslook271
Jan 28, 2003 7:32 AM
and at least 1 really hilly century (3mtn/3state in TN). Thanks.
re: winteritisjrm
Jan 28, 2003 12:40 PM
Dark and cold commute on the way in and then having to carry my light and discarded layers on the way home.

Having to ride the Bus on rainy days..

Going 3 days in a row without riding...