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What Are Cyclists Doing With Their Winter? Now is the Time to Get Fit – Don’t Wait Till Spring


January 2019

Our friends in the southern hemisphere are enjoying their summer right now, and hopefully some of us northerners are heading down that way to bask in the warmth a little. For those of us who aren’t so fortunate, we’re hunkered down as winter hits with a vengeance. It’s so cold in Michigan, with the windchill, it doesn’t matter whether you put a C or F after the temp, it’s darn-near the same. We hit -45° last evening… actually, and I didn’t know this was possible, but the temp’s so cold it flipped: -45 F is -42 C.

Anyway, no riding outside today.

Now is still the perfect time to be cranking up the pace to get ready for spring. With less than six weeks left before we’re outside pedaling again, why wait? Up in the great north, at least before Zwift, most would wait until the spring thaw to really kick their fitness in the pants. I like to take advantage of the natural lag in “want to” of others and hammer January and February so I can enjoy my spring ramp up to speed.

Push the hard gears on the trainer, my friends, we’ve only got four to six weeks of winter left. If you start now you’ll be amazed at how much fun spring is while everyone else is working double-time trying to catch up to you.

Remember, riding fast doesn’t have to be as scientific as its made out to be. Just train to push harder on the pedals and the rest will work out in the laundry.

Ride hard, my friends.


  1. Tony says:

    Jim, I think you mean “four to six weeks” of winter left. Meanwhile, this cyclist is stair climbing and doing yoga to get through this four day cold snap. Tomorrow it gets above 20F and I can ride outside again.

  2. I kinda laughed and cried a little bit at the same time yesterday. When I left home it was +25F. When I landed in MO it was -25F! Stay warm, my friend!

  3. I saw the super low temperatures in the news. Stay safe!

  4. Wow that is beyond cold! Do you get much snow where you are?

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    Although we here have far more than 4-6 weeks left of winter in the frozen north, I agree with you Jim. Get on the trainer I say to myself. Its going to beat feeling like starting from scratch when spring finally arrives. Thanks for the kick in the pants. I should likely have your voice in my ear. 🙂 Oh and I did not know that C and Fwould switch when it got that cold!

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