Getting in The Miles
I don’t ride much in the winter months. Mostly I walk or hike to keep the fitness level up. I try to get in a few rides. If we get the odd 50 degree day I will try to get out on the bike but I really don’t deal well with the cold while cycling. I would really prefer to cross-country ski in the winter months but snow is not a predictable element for the cross-country skier. So I walk and I hike and hope for warm weather.
With the prolonged cold weather we have had here in the Northeast I am well behind on my cycling miles with the first big ride of the year just a few short weeks away.
Yesterday, as I wrote in the blog post, I was able to get in 28+ miles on a solo ride. It was chilly but tolerable and I enjoyed the ride a great deal. Today I went on the ride run by the local bike shop. There were two routes today. One was the same as last week, a hair over 22 miles, and the other added about ten miles on to that route.
I did the shorter route. Afternoon plans made keeping the ride shorter a good thing for me to do. The ride started out with temperatures in the mid thirties and frankly that is just too chilly for me. I had to buy a pair of heavier winter riding gloves (40% off-season clearance) to keep my hands from freezing. By the end of the ride the gloves were in my pockets as the weather had warmed to a seasonable 58 degrees. It felt so good to feel warm sun on me.
So I got in 50+ miles this weekend. Exactly what I had set out to do.
The legs were good about it and the back and neck tolerated a second day in the saddle with minimal pain and soreness. All in all it was a very good weekend
I have just under 150 miles in this year. I really expected to be closer to 600 at this point. I am really not happy with the weather….
This week the weather threatens some rain but warmer temperatures, even getting in to the seventies. If my schedule will allow, I hope to get in some evening rides.
I need to build the miles… This is the only way I can get ready for the rides…
My goal is 2500 miles for the season (early March to the end of October). I am only 6% of the way there…..
Getting the miles in… Have to push.