This year, overall, has been a little disheartening for cycling. The weather absolutely sucks and has for most of the spring. We’ve been ten to fifteen degrees (F) below normal since February, with only a few decent days at “average” temperatures. Add to that, I’m working out of town enough that getting my miles in is quite difficult.
Friday, I looked at my Garmin 7 day rolling mileage total… 188 for last week. This week I’m only down seven miles from that. With all of the crap I’m dealt, that’s not all that bad… better than I expected, anyway. Two weeks ago I managed 180 miles, too… Big picture, I’m woefully behind last year. I have no chance of catching up. Five and a half months into the year and something like 800 miles behind last year. 10,000 miles just isn’t going to happen. I was prepared for falling short, though. Last year was the perfect storm of awesome, there was no chance of a repeat.
The decent side of this story has been, for the most part, the fact that the weekends have been dry. Cold, but relatively dry, so we’ve been able to get in some decent miles on Saturday and Sunday (62 and 56 miles this past weekend).
There’s light at the end of the tunnel, though. Today is supposed to be the last day of the radically cold weather. We jump from 50° F (10 C) to 65 (18 C) tomorrow and it only gets better from there – we actually have the upper 70’s in sight. We’ll still have some rain to contend with, but at least we’ll be able to put the vests, arm and leg warmers in the dresser for a bit.
Work won’t change for a couple of more months, though. We’ll have to see how that goes. One day at a time. Easy does it.