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“All We need is a Pair of Ice Skates and we can do a Triathlon”


First, before I get into my most excellent post, Merry Christmas my friends.  Hats off to a great year.

Up until yesterday, my record for my coldest ride was 19° F (-7 C).  My wife and my friends Matt and Phill helped me beat it by 1°… and helped me to remember why my cutoff was 19° to begin with.  

So we are out there cruising along and Matt says, “Well, all we need is a pair of ice skates and we can do a triathlon.”  I laughed hard enough to drip snot on myself.  Kind of funny, actually.

18 is so cold, even when I was comfortable at 16 mph (dirt roads, gravel bikes), going downhill and coasting at 20 mph was painful.  In fact, we didn’t bother pedaling down one hill.  We did almost 23 miles in a little more than an hour and a half and I was happy to be done when we rolled into the driveway.

We thought we were going to be riding at some point today as well, but miracle of miracles, we got more than four inches of snow last night…. It’s a white Christmas!

Happy Christmas, my friends.



  1. Brent says:

    “All We need is a Pair of Ice Skates and we can do a Triathlon”

    Uh, I hate to be going on and on about this, but perhaps you should be saying “all we need is a fat bike and we can do a bike ride.” A fun one, and a great way to work up an appetite for the traditional Christmas dinner. I’ve already been out and I got in 5 miles on the roads — we’re in the middle of our own white Christmas with 3″ on the ground and another 2″ coming down as I write this.

    My prediction: we’ll have a heavier-than-usual winter this year and you’ll be wanting a fat bike by spring as you’re ready to puke at the thought of going down into the basement to hit the trainer when you see all that clean fresh snow outside ready for somebody to carve fresh tracks into it.

    Merry Christmas and a(nother) sober new year!

  2. Sheree says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    Haha I might have a chance if ice skating was part of the triathalon. Can you throw in curling too? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of times in 2018.

  4. Manu Stanley says:

    Happy Christmas to you, family and friends, brother. -7 degrees C is too cold. I couldn’t imagine cycling at such low temperatures. My personal lowest was 3 degrees C in rain 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! That’s too cold for me. I don’t love my trainer like some might think, but I love that I have a trainer and a music stand to keep me going longer than I normally would. AND, since I have a Cyclops, and its bearings are going, they are letting me trade up to a smart trainer if I want! And I want. I’ll be joining Zwift soon! 🙂

    7F here, with wind chills below zero.

  6. TracyA says:

    Awesome. Ice skates, roller skates and a good radial flier would be more my speed 😆Thank you for inspiring….brrrr!

  7. Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁🎉🥂

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  9. wanderwolf says:

    🙂 merry Christmas! Love the kitten photo and picture perfect white Christmas!

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