Question… How do you do it? How do you stay motivated to ride (indoors or outdoors) during the winter months? I’ve got a charity ride planned in the morning to benefit Toys For Tots, but the forecast is for freezing temperatures and snow/precipitation. How do you wrap your mind around stupid-cold, crappy weather?
I remember back to 2003. A group of Canadian cyclists made their way down south for the early spring to conduct a training camp in Clemson, SC, where I was living/working at the time. They came in the shop, hung out, bought some parts and accessories over those few weeks, and developed a relationship with myself and the other guys at the shop that lasted quite a few years. They continued to visit in following years, and we kept in touch via e-mail frequently.
In one of those e-mails, Don (the “leader of the pack”) sent me a picture of a group of cyclists from the club from the Great White North. They were running a pretty solid paceline down a road, in what looked like blizzard-type conditions. I quit complaining about cold weather at that point.
So what’s your solution for riding in the cold? Is there a particular “dress code” that you abide by? Do you use embrocation in conjunction with your attire? Is there a certain temperature at which you say, “that’s just too cold?” Please leave your feedback below. Thanks.