Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Weather Warrior...Til It Hurts...


Saturday's cold weather ride was a real challenge. It wasn't the snow that caused me trouble, it was the whipping wind that made my commitment to staying active on the bike all winter long seem, well, masochistic.

My body was warm, even my toes were fine in my boots. It was the fingers. Just the few moments it took to do things like fish keys out to unlock a bike left my fingers burning with the bite that only this kind of bitter cold can produce.

And that wind actually blew me sideways on the bike. It made me laugh, because it's so, well, silly. Here you are pushing forward, yet moving sideways. I will say when I had the wind at my back, it was nice getting a push.

Still, I got my rides in for a total of 14 miles today, and that puts me at a grand total of 125.

How about you?


  1. Kate, I totally understand how you feel. I'm training for the Race Across America (RAAM) and I have to get out in this weather as well. At times, you just want to say, "no mas!" But you just keep going, because you know the pain is short lived and soon you'll be warm again.

    Keep going strong. More cyclists will be watching and following you. : )

  2. Wow, the Race Across America---that is serious business. You have my respect! That's long-haul effort and commitment. I am just plodding away bit by bit on my own goal. So you have indeed helped fire me up for another go on the bike.

    Do me a favor--check in on this blog from time to time, and stay safe out there.