Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Change of riding, NOW please

It's coming to that time of the year, transition time where time on the bike is becoming more important than general training. It's also that time of the year that conditions kinda suck. In the fall when we start getting those days that are not so favorable with wonderful things like cold, rain and wind mixed in you just don't go. Screw it, it's been a long season at that point and it's more about fun and play than fitness and training. Now it's becoming one of those, am I sick of the trainer enough to ride outside in very unenjoyable conditions.

Last year was great, we hit a heat wave right about this time and the roads turned to chocolate, this year isn't looking as nice. Looking long term the pasty white skin I acquired over the winter is going to stay that way for at least the rest of this month. Every day of training has this put debate put in it:

Indoor training equals: warm, dry, consistent, not spending hours cleaning the bike after every ride, doesn't take 20 minutes to get dressed, entertained by a movie, windless, rainless, carless, iceless, what other less you can think of. Boring

Training on the road in March equals: The opposite of everything listed above, not boring, and the slim potential of riding in the sun. FUN most of the time.

My evening was spent cleaning up the disaster on old faithful along with giving it a little spring update, off the flat bar on went the drop bar. With hopes of warmer temperatures the need to put massive mitts, which I neglected to wear my last two rides, on the bar is hopefully coming to an end. I'm at that point that I'm craving warm, clean sunny conditions without having to fly somewhere else. I'm into a recovery week, hopefully by the end of it Mother Nature will have changed her tune and slam an instant spring on us. I doubt there would be many complaints.

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