Pedal Another Mile

Bicycling, death, life after death.

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22.84 Miles 03/11/11

Distance Duration Avg. Speed Max Speed Avg. Cadence Avg. HR
22.84 01:32:54 14.8 23.7 82 146

FINALLY a nice day. Sunny, not damp, temps in the low 40s, not too windy. Enough to get out and ride. Took my usual farm road route from home. Next week the 50s & 60s are supposed to make an appearance. Daylight savings time starts Sunday. Things are looking up for cycling!


The coldest weather I have ever ridden my bike in was 37 at the start of the Pumpkin Pie Metric.  Today, after 50-something days off the bike, I decided to set two personal milestones - earliest outdoor ride of the year (previously Feb. 10th) and coldest temperature.  I looked outside to see a bright sunny day and it didn't seem anywhere near as windy as yesterday, so I checked the weather online.  Hmm.. 17 degrees.  Windchill of 17.  This meant calm.  I decided that if my winter tights fit (I put about 12 pounds on this fall/winter) that I'd give it a go.  They fit.  So I started layering like the younger brother in A Christmas Story and headed out the door, eager to get back on the bike. 

The first 1/2 mile or so wasn't bad at all.  As I turned west it was apparent that the weather report was wrong.  There was a steady 10mph SW wind that was COLD.  My glasses don't wrap-around/hug the face, so the diagonal headwind was pretty much freezing my eyeballs.  I pushed on.  It was cold enough that the Garmin's LCD display started acting up.  I pedalled on. 

Aside from the frozen eyeballs and a heart rate that rivaled that of a hamster on crystal meth, it wasn't too terrible, and dare I say the sections with a tailwind were downright pleasant!

So, my first 10 miles of 2011 are in.  2490 to go to meet my goal for the year.

Here's a pic of everything I wore today, minus the helmet. Note: If you click on the picture, then click 'view on flickr', you can see the pic with notes identifying all the items


For my next cold ride I will add another pair of gloves (and maybe even those handwarmer thingies), foot warmer thingies, and a thick wool codpiece ;)