My personal temperature cutoff is 40 deg F. Above 40 I am always up for a ride, below 40 and it’s a big maybe. IE: below 40 deg and I have to break out true winter clothing. But anything at or above 40 and I can just add knee or leg warmers, arm warmers or a long sleeve jersey and carry in my pockets a thin balaclava, wind breaker and maybe shoe covers. So during daylight I can ride almost year round with very minor accommodations. I like riding at night but in the winter I rarely do, rather I go to the fitness center and spin for an hour.
So in my backyard it would be pretty easy to get in some extended/focused
training. If I actually had a 9-5 job, but as I spend about 100+
nights per year in hotel rooms there is nothing focused about my training. A main training stable is to pretend to train on
beat up, ½ broke hotel exercise bikes.
Ha, but I am not going to let that stop me from hitting my body weight
target for 2015 TDR!
|I think I might do a winter overnight'er here, cant you just picture the fire and reflected heat?|
And speaking of weight my bike is 33lbs (as shown) with my old bags, most of my old gear and suspension fork. I can now see my 30 pound bike target is going to happen (give or take 1 pound).
I have spent about 9 hours and 3 rides so far on the new Spiderflex. To soon to make a definitive decision but to summarize my three test rides:
Ride 1) 2 hrs, Stop and adjust, stop and adjust over and over. No comfort, no power, as awkward as could be.
Ride 2) 3 hrs, Adjust 1 time, Some comfort some power in certain gears/grades, aero bars, one hand riding to eat and drink all very awkward. Very sore in new places, like one’s 1st ride. Side bar—Ha, I was trashed talked by a 77 year old—he laughed at how slow I was going. We chatted for a bit, he rides 12 mile loops around town, had a new hip put in 2 years ago—I told him I hope to be a fit as he is when I hit 77. He said to never stop and I will be.
Ride 3) 4 hrs, Adjust 1 time, Starting to feel like I might be getting the hang of this saddle. Today I rode and rode hard and fast. Adjusted a cleat position which I was not willing to do till I saw some overall progress. Some things I really liked (aero position fell into a happy place big time), some not so much, but a bit more yay than nay today. And I am even more sore, but over all I am encouraged, at least enough to want to continue testing. More when I get back from overseas.
|Yah we have rednecks in my backyard. ( I do not drink, but if I did this Fireball Whisky has just got to be the cure for a sore bum?)|