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Spring must be just around the corner(10 posts)

Spring must be just around the cornerPaulCL
Mar 2, 2003 6:02 PM
I not only got on my bike this weekend, but I rode both Saturday and Sunday. OK, not far, but I was out there. High both days was a balmy 36 degrees - so the first thing I think about is a bike ride. My wife, my friends, my neighbors think I'm insane but I know you all will understand.

20 whole miles yesterday, 35 today. Man oh man am I tired. I've increased my power thanks to the weight work, but my endurance is gone!

Just had to share. Paul
re: Spring must be just around the cornerbikerbob
Mar 2, 2003 6:31 PM
You're not Insane. I too couldn't stand it any longer. Took the cross bike out in the morning and then the old road bike in the afternoon. We don't get many 40 degree days in March in Vermont.felt great to be back on the bike!

Bob
re: Spring must be just around the cornerrufus
Mar 2, 2003 6:38 PM
yeah, i went out for a couple hours yesterday, lost a lot of my fitness but i'm still about 3 months ahead of where i started at last year(practically zero). temps around 40 degrees, but i still didn't care for them much. i am definitely not one of those who enjoys riding in colder weather. the riding's fine, it's the temps i don't care for, and just don't enjoy all that much.

of course, today we got four or five inches of snow.
Spring around the corner? Well maybe down the hall too...noveread
Mar 2, 2003 7:25 PM
Our first group ride was Saturday. It was advertised as a short and slow ride. The temp was 38 at the start, and those kind of warm temps brought out droves of people, probably a couple dozen. The group did 31 miles. After the group ride, the temp was down to 35 and I did a little re-fuel and went for another 31. It felt great. I was tired at the end of the ride, but not totaly wasted. My feet were FREEZING though (I'm giving up on warm feet for this year, but that's a whole other story).

I was worried how I'd feel. My training plan had me doing 4 hours/week on the trainer all winter. Not much time and I was worried about my endurance. My "coach" wasn't, and as it turned out, he was right (go figure). Obviously did not feel as strong as the height of my fitness last summer, but compared to where I was this time last year, I'm way, way ahead...

Now today, I was back to the basement on the trainer. The high temp was 15 to 17 or so with wind chills around 0 to -5. Don't need to get sick and today was for just recovery. But I won't get to ride outside again for 2 weeks. :( This week as a result of the weather (warmest day to be ~25deg), next week b/c I'll be on family vacation... Emphasis on family...

Noveread
..I'm on the wrong floor, -43*C with wind chill in Ottawa...nmSpunout
Mar 3, 2003 4:27 AM
MovePaulCL
Mar 3, 2003 6:38 AM
That's just painfully cold. Ever consider a job in say, Arizona, California, Florida, or heck, Wisconsin would be warmer!
Ack, that's -45F, we ARE warmer here in WI! nmnoveread
Mar 3, 2003 6:51 AM
This just inKristin
Mar 3, 2003 9:07 AM
I regret to inform you that spring has been posponed until June 16th.
NOT TRUE ! And I have proofPaulCL
Mar 3, 2003 9:56 AM
OK, the dumb groundhog didn't help us any. But the weather report in my area (Cincinnati, Ohio) calls for temps in the 50's by weeks' end. Considering the lows hit 10 degrees last night, that's quite a change. http://www.weather.com/weather/local/41017?GO=GO

If Thursday or Friday are 50 and sunny, I will take a half day off to ride. Of course, in my current physical shape, a half day ride could be 35 miles!
Its just a trickKristin
Mar 3, 2003 10:27 AM
At this time of year in Chicago, the weather guy starts dangling that 50 degree carrot in our faces, though it mysteriously never gets any closer than 5 days away. Watch, they'll cancel that 50 degree day at the last minute. I suspect that this is a scheme thunk up by the CDC major network forecasters in order to curb late winter suicide rates.