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30 degrees and 3 inches of snow. Must be...(17 posts)

30 degrees and 3 inches of snow. Must be...Kristin
Apr 7, 2003 6:07 AM
A cubs home opener! The bad news is: they rescheduled the game. Expect more of the same tomorrow. Happy daylight savings time, now where do I find the gym?
looks like good brevet weather...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 7, 2003 6:15 AM
Seems like just last month I was riding a few miles through Sunny, scenic Illinois in similar conditions. You guys have a different definition of "Spring", don't you? Looks like an opportunity to work on becoming a "Belgian Hardwoman".

Local Forecast for Chicago, IL
Current Conditions
Light Snow
Feels Like 20°F
UV Index: 0 Minimal
Dew Point: 29°F
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 2.0 miles
Pressure: 30.07 inches and rising
Wind: From the East at 20 gusting to 24 mph
oh and by the way, rant on whining...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 7, 2003 6:26 AM
...not directed at you...

and people wonder why i'm pedaling along in 50*F p!ssing rain and 15mph headwinds on the sunday ride in Elvisville happily chatting and smiling while riding the whole way on the front. though over the last couple years i've certainly professed favoring rain and poor conditions on "training" rides, this winter and spring have toughened my mileage resolve. of the three (including J) that showed for the group ride yesterday--we rolled out for 30+ miles between rain showers--two started to complain loudly at mile .001, one quit at mile 10, and i pulled the other back to the parking lot.

riding for a few hours in those "epic" Illinois conditions will certainly bring one to enjoy 50*F p!ssing rain rides.

perhaps it comes down to a love of riding--so many ride purely for pleasure, which they only seem to find on sunny 70*F days. riding through these eclectic last few months have put me so much more in synch with the seasons--more so on a fixed gear. enjoying different types of weather and temperature, seeing minute and great changes in the environment, wildlife, road conditions, and outdoor activity, and learning by simple observation how my own body reacts to temperatures varying from <10*F to >110*F has really "opened my eyes to the world" and put me in touch with my "self".

try it sometime!
Yeah, well I've had enough of this "spring!"noveread
Apr 7, 2003 6:40 AM
I'm especially grumpy this morning.

First, I live just north of Kristin in S. Wisconsin so it's in the mid 20s, and snowing with up to 5" expected by tonight. Last Thursday, I took off of work a little early to get a good ride in. But it's not like it was warm or anything. Nope. It was 34deg and drizzling with an easterly wind at 18mph. I managed 41 miles even with one slight wrong turn.

Second, and what really gets me, is I had my first race yesterday. It was a crit. Temp was 35deg with an easterly wind at 15mph but partly sunny as a special bonus. Now, I've been pretty diligent about my training this winter doing exactly what my "coach" has outlined in my training schedule but I still got dropped 7 minutes into the 45min+2 crit. I had no delusions of grandeur but I really did not in my wildest dreams think I'd get dropped THAT fast. I rode much of the rest of the race alone, but when I got lapped by a two-person group I tagged on with them for the rest of the race (about 15-20min or so). It was awful. Through yesterday I'd spent 90hrs on the bike so far this year. It may not have been productive, but it was 90 hrs I wasn't at work.

Yep, we do adapt to all kind of conditions.dzrider
Apr 7, 2003 6:41 AM
I run in bad weather - too lazy to bundle up and clean the bike - but I do believe in getting outdoors in all kinds of conditions. I get a feeling of being unstoppable, however unreal that feeling is, that gives exercise a momentum and really helps keep me going.

One of my favorite little sayings is "If I only go out when it feels good enough, eventually it never feels good enough to go out."
We have at leats 4 inches here and it' sstill snowing.look271
Apr 7, 2003 8:36 AM
I know what you mean about going out in the crappy stuff. Gives me a feeling of superiority, for whatever that is worth. I have off tomorrow and was planning on doing some major climbs. That may change, since there will probably be snow in the upper elevations, so unless it is really horrible, the fixie is coming out and I'll do a flatter route in the valleys. People look at you like you are a fool, but I'm a smilin' fool!
par for the course I supposegreg n
Apr 7, 2003 6:44 AM
We had -0 degree wind chills most of the winter. Now we get snow and slop just when we should be able to be putting in considerably more miles in the evenings.

I'm hoping that by the time the Downer's crit in August comes around, there won't be any snow and it's at least in the mid 50s.
First club ride tomarrow night.....PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 7, 2003 6:53 AM
...NOT.This is a real downer.Looking forward to it but doesn't look good.Typical Cubs opening day weather.The good news is it looks like a warming trend by mid week.Lets hope for the weekend.Oh well another day on the trainer.
Yes, lets hope.Kristin
Apr 7, 2003 6:59 AM
I don't care what J says. I'm a fair weather rider! Are you going to the Easter ride on Saturday?
Where and when?(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 7, 2003 7:01 AM
Here's the link. Who all from RBR is going??Kristin
Apr 7, 2003 7:10 AM

Some people from the board are going.
Sounds good .I'll try to make it. (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 7, 2003 7:17 AM
Here's the link. Who all from RBR is going??allezdude
Apr 7, 2003 9:03 AM
Sorry that link didn't work for me. Can you check it? Thanks.
Duh. Never copy a link that was linked to from Hotmail :-)Kristin
Apr 7, 2003 11:23 AM
Try this one:
Ours is Thursday...noveread
Apr 7, 2003 7:20 AM
Our first club ride is Thursday night. It certainly will be warm enough by then, but I wonder what condition the roads will be in? No snow left I'm sure, but I wonder how salty and wet they will be. We'll see...

hey Novereadthisendup
Apr 7, 2003 8:21 PM
Were you talking about Parkside by any chance? The weather wasn't all that bad, at least it wasn't snowing like today. It is kind of unreal tho', Friday it snowed, Saturday it melted, Sunday was a 50 miler, and today is 6 inches of the stuff. Go figure...........
Try riding Snow-ervals, I did yesterday...Spunout
Apr 7, 2003 7:20 AM
Take out your mountain bike, and find the paths that are still under 6 inches of snow. Hammer like hell to keep bike upright until you reach the next cross-street, then recover by spinning around the block. Hit the next section.

Hills are a blast doing this! This was my alternative to a road-bike ride, we had a blizzard in Ottawa on Saturday.