Well, after 3 months off of the road because of getting clocked by a car I’m back. New bike and all. It was an accident and that is all I’m going to mention about it. I’m a bit tired of describing what happened so that is that.
So, how has the season been so far for you? Been having good rides, or has it been a bad year to date? Started slow here with the weather, but thankfully it has picked up. All said, it is kind of hard to see what the season will have in store for a person. Can you trust the weatherman, not always but they do get lucky and get it right from time to time. The best thing is to just wing it, because when it is warm that rain that made you miserable when it was cold will feel good to you.
Next step is summer, which is where, you transition to warm to hot, which can be a downside. The downside to this is the days are longer so you can get out on the ride a bit later in the day when it’s starting to get cooler. Well, you could even get out earlier before it gets hot. Either choice is fine, just remember to hydrate properly if you do go out in the middle of the day. Failing to hydrate on a hot day can be a real drag.
After this there is autumn, and the colors are gorgeous. The smell, the reasonable temps, the slight brisk chill later in that season. This is about the time that goals will be achieved or gotten close to achieving. Personally this is my favorite season to be out on the road. Getting those miles in while seeing in the distance the changing colors.
Finally there is winter. The temps are colder, the days are shorter, the weather is more unpredictable. You get creative when it comes to getting a ride in since time is not on your side with this season. Bundle up, yep; get the lights on, better believe it. Hope your water bottle doesn’t freeze, check. Will you overheat, nope.
All in all, none of the seasons bother me, they all have their downsides just like they all have their upsides. Learn to enjoy the upsides and learn to deal with the downsides, adapt your cycling to fit in with each season. That is where the fun is, going for that long ride in the fall/spring or that long ride in the summer followed by a cold beverage of choice at the end of said ride. That shorter harder effort put in during the winter months. It will be a good season when you look at the body of work that you have achieved by your own standards instead of the standards of someone else.
Just picture this, you are on a long ride and are starting to show signs of bonking. Legs feeling heavy, struggling to keep your spin going. Yet you keep pushing on despite all of this and when you roll into your driveway or final destination, it feels like you have accomplished something. Getting there is part of the challenge, if there is nothing to get to, you’re not going to achieve all that much. It does not really matter if it is a 5 mile commute or a century, getting there is either a destination or a goal or both.
For some, the thought of taking it easy when it gets cold. Others just shut it down all together come winter. However, some will amp it up in colder weather; it’s just a matter of which mindset you are. I tend to put in harder efforts at around the same distance this time of year.
Remember, the harder you work, the warmer you will be and you won’t overheat as quickly as you would in the summer. Yes one would get cold easier as well, which is why one should prepare/dress for the weather. What you just need to do is to get over the, it’s cold out, I’m staying indoors mentality.
With the month of July being complete, to put the riding in this month of 2012 in words all I can think of is epic. Good times with good friends, great trip with family, finding a short stretch of road that I completely enjoyed, so twisty. Finding new challenges on the road and quickly conquering them. Also learned something about myself, I’m a better sprinter when there is a very tiny bit of a rise to the road compared to when on flat road.
Sure there was a down time, which was having one of my two cats die while I was on my trip. But she was having some health issues on and off. Thought that she was over the issues, she was eating and being her normal self the day I left for this trip. Four days later though, found out via phone that it was otherwise.