It was cold when I woke up Friday morning, below freezing but the actual temp was reasonable for a January morning. It was the wind chill that sucked. It didn’t matter though, even snow is better than the trainer and it wasn’t snowing. My buddy, Mike called at 8 and I started getting ready at 8:30. Ridin’, baby.
Friday morning’s ride was anything but impressive. It was a little muddy on the back roads as the mud hadn’t quite frozen up yet, and navigating the ludicrous number of potholes slowed things down considerably. Still, we did get fifteen miles in before deciding it was just too cold to bother adding miles. We took our toys and went home. 17 and change total.
Saturday was better. It was a couple of degrees warmer but still quite windy (15 mph with gusts up to 20). We did the same route, which was mainly north/south to get away from eleven miles of straight headwind. It would have been cool, of course, having a tailwind for eleven miles but my wife lobbied hard for the easier route. Unlike Friday, we had a good group. Mrs. Bgddy, Chuck, Phill and Brad joined Mike and I. Also, we decided to add on a few miles as well. We ended up with just over 22 miles – decent for the mountain bikes in the middle of January.
Sunday was really cold. 23 F (-5 C) but the wind chill took it down to the coldest I’d ever ridden, 18 F (-8 C). If that wasn’t enough, we’d gotten a light dusting of snow so riding was ugly and slow. We got it done though. Mrs. Bgddy, Phill, Big Chuck, Matt and I cranked out 22-1/2 miles nonetheless.
So that wraps up the 60+ mile weekend in the middle of January. More than five years, 1,500 bike rides, and 1,900,000 burned calories after I bought my first bicycle, to look back is almost comical in comparison, then vs now….
Back when I started cycling I can remember 100 miles being a big week. Heck, my first ride was only four miles at about 15 mph and I was smoked. I can remember thinking, specifically, that 108 was just about unsustainable. Today 100 miles a week, even during the winter and combined with trainer miles of course, is easy. Through the summer, 200 miles a week is the norm with some weeks topping 250 and my average weekly pace is upwards of 19 or 20 mph.
What can be done with five years and 35,000 miles on a bicycle!