Day 306: Cold-weather cycling

5 11 2010

I won't be riding in weather like we had back in February.

As colder weather approaches I lack the motivation to get outside and ride. I know several cyclists who love the cold winter months, but I guess you could say I’m a fair-weather cyclist. I ride a lot in the spring and summer months, (except for when it rains). Most of the time I can deal with the heat in the summer, but once fall and winter arrive with colder temperatures I feel more inclined to put on my warm fleece pajamas, my slippers and curl up on the couch with Carrick and watch a good movie.

I have the right clothing for winter cycling, which I discussed back in June: warm base layers, thermal tights, wool socks, windproof shoe covers, gloves, hats, a balaclava (which I hate to wear because it makes me feel claustrophobic), and two jackets. The only thing I lack is the motivation to get my lazy butt out of bed in the mornings when it’s cold and dark outside, spend the next 15 minutes figuring out what to wear, then putting it on, then getting the bike ready. It’s much easier to stay warm and toasty in bed. Of course that explains why I end up having to start over with the training each spring. I build up a good routine and feel like I’ve increased my endurance from spring to fall.

Once winter arrives, I don’t spend much time on the bike outside and I get bored easily with indoor training. Last winter I didn’t ride much at all. This winter will be different. I really have no excuse. I have the appropriate clothing for cold weather. I have indoor trainers (stationary, rollers and a Sufferfest video to go along with them), I have the need for more exercise to speed up my weight loss. Now I just need someone to kick me in the butt to motivate me.

How much training do you do during the winter? Do you train indoors or outdoors? Or both?

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Strawberry, banana, peach smoothie = 5.5 points

Lunch:
— Grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat = 7.5 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Dinner:
— Lean Cuisine French Bread Pepperoni pizza = 6 points
— 1 cup LF chocolate milk = 3 points

Snack:
— Skinny Cow ice cream bar = 2 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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7 responses

5 11 2010
Dave M

Winter commuting is like jumping in the cold pool: it only sucks until the first hill, then it’s fun. Except for the sweaty part, but it sounds like you might out-tech me on that front.

6 11 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

It was a fun ride today, David. It felt good to be back on the bike. The only thing that was cold was my feet (I forgot to wear my shoe covers). I think I’m heading out again tomorrow too. It’s nice to not have swelteringly-hot weather for a change.

5 11 2010
Tim

What motivated me was reading blogs from all the crazy people in Minneapolis. Our 30F didn’t seem so cold to their 10F. For me , the satisfaction of “braving it” over time has outweighed the “I’m cold” factor. If my mountain in the summer is a long ride, in the winter it’s doing an hour at 20F. Good luck.

6 11 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Good point, Tim. 30 or 40 degrees I can get used to, I think. 10? Forget it. I’m thinking I can get used to the cold at some point though. At least it’s better than 100 degrees and 70 percent humidity, right?

6 11 2010
Christina

Ever thought about switching to indoor cycling classes during the winter? I do them year round but moreso in the winter to compensate for when I’m not cycling. They can be fun and one heck of a way to build strength and endurance quick if you find a good instructor. My spinning instructor is actually about to open his own studio and I believe he’s also going to offer a pay per class option .. May be something to try out one day. I have been doing them almost 4 years now and keep getting stronger while my endurance just keeps building. I am amazed at how easily cycling comes to me each spring after training in indoor cycling compared to the season before! Anyway if you are interested in checking it out one time let me know & I’ll give you the location info.

6 11 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Hi Christina, I’ve actually thought a lot the past few months about doing a spinning class. I’ve not really looked into them because most seem to be part of a place like the Y or Milestone and I didn’t want to join a gym to take the class. But I’d love to try your friend’s class. Especially the pay per class thing. I accepted the friend request on FB, so I plan to look into it soon. I really think I could benefit from that kind of training during the winter months. If I’m left to my own motivation, I probably won’t train indoors and will end up sitting on my butt on the couch. 🙂 Having a class to go to and someone to hold me accountable would be good for me. Email me on FB if you don’t mind and let me know their address. I’d love to check it out. Thanks for the tip! Hope you’re doing well!

6 11 2010
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