It’s been a month since my last post. Hard to believe how time can fly. Just thought I’d write something to let you know I’m still here!
I can’t really say what happened. Maybe the Tour of Sufferlandria pushed me over the edge for indoor training this year. It took me a few days after I finally finished to even look at the bike again.
Then, a freak warm weekend in our otherwise miserably snowy central PA winter got me to actually get outside and take in a quick ride. Ahhhhhh! What bliss!! Being outside climbing real hills and turning the pedals!
Then the snow and arctic blast returned again….
I just couldn’t think of taking my bike back down into the basement after that little taste of outside. I had been cooped up too long! A few times, I decided that the roads weren’t clear enough to ride – so I actually did a few short runs. I could tell it had been awhile since I ran. I was slower than normal (which, normally, is pretty slow anyway).
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to ride outside again. My best friend and I traveled to my brother’s town (about 45 minutes from our house) to enjoy the roads around him. Those roads have a lot less traffic – and you’re just about as likely to pass some Amish horse-and-buggies as you are to get passed by automobiles. Again, it was true bliss to be riding outside again.
But the bitter cold and snow returned once again this year – and I still couldn’t bring myself to hook my bike back up to the trainer. Maybe I’m just lazy – but – I think it’s more cabin fever.
My buddies and I plan on trying our luck mountain biking tomorrow. There will be some snow on the ground, and we may end up wasting an afternoon. But, an afternoon wasted with a bike is still good!
The weather today was pretty nice, too! It actually reached the low 50’s – and I couldn’t let that pass. So, I jumped on the road bike and got about 20 miles in. I chose to do the loop we refer to as “The Flats of Mechanicsburg” so I wouldn’t be too tired to mountain bike tomorrow. Yeah – I’ll probably complain that my legs are tired anyway (but that’s not too different from a lot of my rides).
All this being said, I didn’t feel I had much to share about my life on a bike for the past month – so my blog was pretty silent. Hopefully I’ll have more in the near future. The weather forecasts are looking a bit more promising – and nice weather usually breeds good cycling stories.
Hope the weather is treating you right! Ride on!!