I got out for my second bike ride of 2009 yesterday, just under 14 miles, in a little over an hour. First ride was February 7.
Didn’t seem to matter which direction I was headed in yesterday, it was into a headwind the whole time. I guess March was getting a jump-start on coming in like a lion. Not too strong of a wind, but enough to feel it. I’ve definitely got a ways to go before I start the bike commute to work again once it’s light enough in the mornings. And warm enough. I’m still not really outfitted for riding in the 20s and 30s and days typically start off in the 20s at the time I’d be leaving my house. Forties I can probably survive, although yesterday it was 50-ish, and even with the arm warmers under the windproof shell I was never overly warm. The muscles are definitely out of tune, I am so not ready for those hills I have to face on the commute. I’m still jogging with my friend at work which I’m sure helps to a degree, but it’s really different muscles that are called upon. Guess I’m paying the price for being a slug all winter. But it did feel good to be out there, nonetheless.
We’re expecting rain most of this coming week so I don’t expect I’ll be able to get out there again until next weekend. Even if I had fenders on it I’m still too protective of my pretty bike to want to muck it up riding in the rain! My cycling mentor at work keeps asking when I’m going to start riding again. He’ll ride in all kinds of weather, all year round. Even yesterday, he was planning to head out for a “quick 25-mile ride” before catching a plane to Sedona, AZ for the week later in the day. He didn’t mention what his wife thought of that.