|Trace The Mitten|
Getting outside to ride
The situation does not need to be perfect to go out and ride in the winter.
What is perfect for me probably does not hold true for you and vise versa. What do I define are outside riding conditions for me? What do you consider when making the decision to ride out in the winter?
The most important thing for me during the winter is to maintain my level of conditioning. I think of it as my base. I do not want to fall back. I want to be ready when the weather breaks. I try to ride the same number of days in the winter as I do the rest of the year. It is cold, snowy and the days are shorter. I use my trainers on most days. My mileage now is a third or half of what it will be in the summer. Inside cycle training does not hold my interest as long as when I am riding outside.
I look for a warmer day. I dress to be sure that I am comfortable. This is a good challenge to determine the right outfit.
I look for no slippery road surfaces
I determine areas that will keep me safe with traffic. No one expects to see a bike rider in the winter around my house.
I look to have enough time to work of a good heart rate.
I consider what I want to accomplish from the ride.
I consider the negative effects on my equipment.