How was your February, bicycling-wise? Ours, not so good! Aside from the first weekend of the month, cold, snowy weather, icy roads and protracted illness kept us off our bikes. This first weekend of March things were we rode both days. Speaking for my out-of-shape self, I felt sluggish and was very slow. Saturday we both got pretty chilled in spite of our layers of wool. Sunday was warmer, but the impending winter storm started earlier than we expected. We got rained on for the second half of the ride. At least it wasn’t sleet or snow (yet). Both days I have to admit I enjoyed the end of the ride more than the ride itself! It’s like that sometimes.
What’s this? Temperatures in the 40′s+ this weekend? We are so spending some time on our bikes. It’s a bit tricky figuring out what to wear to stay warm enough but not too warm in these shifting temperatures.
Today was so surprisingly warm that I worried about overheating if I layered up too much. Then there was the chance of rain to take into account. My cycling capris were awaiting laundering – I don’t normally need them 2 days in a row. I ended up wearing regular cycling shorts, wool socks, a wool short sleeve jersey and a light water and wind resistant jacket. I brought along my arm warmers just in case. Glad I did as halfway into the ride I needed them. Toward the end of our 20 mile ride we both started bonking. It had gotten noticeably colder, enough so that I looked forward to going uphill in order to warm up a bit. I had to wonder if being a bit under-dressed for the falling temperatures somehow took a toll on our energy?
In spite of that I feel lots better for having had a 2-ride weekend after so much cold, snowy, icy weather.
With snow, ice, and below zero wind chills, I at least have been deterred from riding. I’ve seen some hardy souls out there on two wheels and I salute them.
In the meantime, I’m sharing this Bicycling Magazine video featuring Bilenky Bicycle Works. Enjoy!
Mostly I’ve been doing short rides around the neighborhood lately but for the past week not even that. Being a pedestrian can be dangerous as I proved last Friday evening. We’d had an icy rain overnight which caused a lot of mishaps. But it warmed up as the day went on and by evening only the thickest patches of ice remained. That evening I found a lingering icy spot on the slight incline of a sidewalk curb cut. No serious harm was done but enough to keep me off the bike even though last weekend was lovely. Thanks to immediate applications of ice, comfrey oil, arnica, and after a couple of days, heat I’ve recovered much faster than I thought possible. Acupuncturist and massage therapist Kristen LaSor helped a lot too.
This afternoon John asked if I’d like to join him for ride. I decided to give it a try. It was a beautiful, somewhat windy, slightly chilly day, and I wanted to get out there.
It’s tricky dressing for changing winter weather, isn’t it? It’s been a winter of shifts between incredible cold and springlike warmth. Today I tried a silk tank top base layer, a light wool long sleeve t-shirt, a medium-weight wool zip sweater, a wool Buff folded into a cap, Ibex Momentum jacket, light Ibex wool gloves, Ibex wool/spandex cycling capris and Darn Tough knee high wool socks. I was glad of all these layers on the longer, steeper downhills and in the somewhat surprising headwind we encountered, but was a bit over-warm while climbing. About halfway into the ride my right foot got cold and stayed that way, one of the reasons I was very glad indeed when we arrived home.
I can’t say the ride was pain-free (recovery still in progress) but I can say I did it! Here’s to staying (somewhat) in shape.
A beautiful New Year’s Day, sunny and in the high 30′s. My riding routine has slowed down a lot the past few months. While I haven’t stopped entirely a combination of early wintry weather, a series of colds and just plain laziness has reduced my mileage a lot. Today we got out for a 15.5 mile ride. It was good! Too bad I have no photos. My phone may be smart but sometimes I’m not. Should have recharged it earlier in the day.
Did you get a ride in today?
Check out Bike and Roll’s video, How Biking Changed My Life. And if you find yourself in need of an inexpensive Trek hybrid, Bike and Roll DC is the place to be this Saturday. The sale is at their Old Post Office Pavilion location (http://bikethesites.com/Location/), Saturday December 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
That is what the life of a cyclist is worth in Maryland — a pathetic $2,000.
This Washington Post article is about a mother, a wife, a teacher, and a coach who was run down by a thoughtless driver. The car just happened to be the weapon. If you follow the link, you will read about all the absurdities of our “justice” system:
- The Anne Arundel prosecutor who was gutless and handed this off to a grand jury so she did not bear responsibility.
- The grand jury who believed that this incident only demanded $2,000 in traffic fines.
- The driver who has remained silent as far as I know but I would bet my $1 that she and her wealthy family have exerted all the influence they could so that the prosecutor would not charge her.
If I shoot someone with a gun, I go to prison. If I stab someone with a knife, I go to prison. Poison someone, same. Strangle, same. Smother, same. Bludgeon, same. Pretty much any way you kill someone, you go to the pokey. Which is exactly how it should be. So why is it that if you kill someone with your car and you are not drunk, you get off scott free. Why is it that this country seems to believe that it is okay to kill someone with your car?