Frostbiking Day 1 Rant

Well, we did get a white Christmas here in Colorado. So thats nice and quaint, and quite different from the warm, sunny and dry start to the winter weve been having here on the front range.  Unfortunately with that nice present comes a little bit of cold weather riding.  Today was the first day where I really had to sack up and be a little stupid to get the training done.  Luckily I had a partner in crime in Craig Lewis (Champion Systems) so that made enduring the cold a bit easier.  Misery loves company.

Actually it wasnt so bad.  Ive got winter riding in Boulder county pretty much dialed in terms of balancing the proper training load with not being too cold and miserable, because that doesnt help anything.

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing and equipment.

That is definitely true.

We’re in the Rockies, so I of course always carry an extra pair of gloves in case my hands get sweaty.  Which they did today, despite the 26 degree F temperatures.

An I Am Ted King neck gater kept the face warm.

A fender is a life saver as well…if you get wet, yer screwed.

Any ideas for a simple fender that attaches conveniently to an aerodynamic Specialized seatpost?You also gotta plan the route correctly.  The most treacherous (one of my favorite words BTW) part is usually getting out of the rarely plowed neighborhoods to the plowed, sunny, and dry bigger roads.  In my case, that involved riding the bus down the mountain into Boulder and then navigating out of town through tire ruts in the snow.  Ok, that actually wasnt so bad either.  The funny thing about riding in Boulder CO is that despite a very recent, even deep, snowstorm, certain roads dry off and are perfectly rideable incredibly soon.  So as was the case today, just pick those roads for the route du jour and youre fine.  Because if you stay dry, life is good.

Finally, you have to have a motivator.  In Craig and I’s case today, we picked a small farm town waaay out there about two hours away.  This town sports a nice little coffee shop with some killer carrot cake with killer icing.  worth riding two hours in the cold for, believe me.

After about an hour and a half of riding you get a little cold, but conveniently at that point, you must keep going on to the carrot cake because that is the closest warmth and sustenance.

One added bonus is that training feels a little easier and you burn a lot of calories because you have to go so hard just to stay warm!  Yeah for adrenaline and survival mode.

Little tricks.

Oh, one last motivator was knowing post-ride, I was going direct to the sauna at One Boulder Fitness for a 30 min defrost.

So after all that, i got even more training in than was scheduled.  Now thats productive.  Nice work Craig, couldnt have done it without you.

On the plus side, the weather is looking up the rest of the week.

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