|Today's ride was -1F with a -19 windchill to start|
Each day it was below zero I found myself berated by coworkers and non cycling friends, telling me I was crazy for riding in those conditions. I didn't feel crazy. I felt as though if I didn't ride I would go crazy...until today. Today, March 2nd, the switch flipped. Somewhere, on the last five miles of our weekly Sunday ride, I decided I had enough. I couldn't feel my toes, even with Sorels and two pairs of socks, I couldn't feel my cheeks, the headwind was forcing me to move at a sloth's pace and the ice ruts on the side roads made me think I was riding on a pump track. My mood quickly went from "Hell yes, let's ride and prove we can have fun in any conditions." to "Get me the f out of Wisconsin!"
The proverbial phrase of the day for me quickly became "the straw that broke the camel's back". As I look at the upcoming five day forecast, all I can do is sigh. I'm tired of being cold, I'm tired of taking 10-15 minutes to get dressed just to step outside, I'm tired of my shoulders being permanently glued to my ears, I'm tired of all this white (ground and my skin), and I'm tired of losing folks on the group rides because they too are sick of this. Two weeks ago I gave mother nature the benefit of the doubt and said "You have two weeks to get your shit together." I think I made a grave mistake and now must deal with her mocking me.
I will end my whining and moaning and I will not write another post until I'm in a better mood. Let's just hope we begin to witness the beginning stages of Spring in the Midwest soon--for all of our sakes.
|Early in the week, I decided to hit some hills|
|If it weren't for my friends, I doubt I'd get out--they make winter riding bearable!|