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The Bittersweet Embrace of Falling Back to Normal Time After Daylight Savings Time for a Northern Cyclist

November 2019

The first Monday after the time change can be bittersweet.  If it’s nasty and cold outside, I’ve got an excuse to ride the trainer because it’ll be dark out shortly after I get home.  On the other hand, when it’s reasonable out, it’s a bit of a bummer because I have to think about dodging traffic in the dark – not a favorite of mine.  Better, I can always take the gravel bike out for a spin – I’ve got dirt just a quarter-mile from my house… Unfortunately, this is our rainy season, too, so the dirt roads will likely be mush.

Last Sunday’s 30-miler was a muck fest (though fun, for sure).  Had it been a dry Monday, I could have thrown the lights on the gravel bike and gone out for a ride in the dark.  I suppose, if I really wanted the outdoor miles, I could ride the paved roads, but I’m not all that trusting of my fellow motorists – even when I am lit up like a Christmas tree… and believe me, I ride bright when I ride at night.

In reality, this is the beginning of the end.  I’ll still get out on the weekends, of course, and I’ll still put my time in on the trainer.  But the mileage drops precipitously from here on out, though.  It’ll be four-ish months before we start seeing some decent outdoor mileage again.

So, the bitter part is that I’ll be indoors a lot more than I like.  The sweet is that life simplifies over the next few months.  With trainer miles increasing, the laundry decreases, and the time needed to get ready and on the bike is cut by 15-20 minutes.

I wrote a post a while back that highlighted a difference of opinion between The Farmers Almanac and NOAA… TFA said it was going to be a cold, nasty, snowy winter.  NOAA said it was going to be mild by normal standards.  We’re in the process of digging out of 8″ of snow.  A record for this time of year. It’s been 10-25° colder than normal for the last two weeks and tomorrow we’re going to breaking all known records for cold.  We’re currently 35° below the normal high for this time of year.  We’ll be 26° shy when we hit our high for the day.

In my post, I said I was betting on The Farmers Almanac over the eggheads at NOAA.  Heh.

The only question remaining is whether or not I’ll be able to get my last 52 miles to pass 6,000 outdoor miles for the year…  It’s not looking good, but with more than a month and a half, we can’t have that much cold and snow before the new year rolls around.  I hope.


  1. Kecia says:

    I’m seriously hoping that this early winter means an early spring…we had record lows here last night and I’m not quite ready to wake up to -13*F like we did this morning.

  2. Bill Chance says:

    The time change is scaring me because I have to commute home from work in the dark. That’s worse than dark in the morning because the afternoon rush hour drivers are nuts. Have to figure things out.

    Interesting entry – thanks for sharing.

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