Monday, January 29, 2007

Fr-Fr-Fr-Freezing cold

Got up, went to church, rushed home so I could eat a small bite then spend the afternoon on the bike getting my required hours in. Flipped on the Weather Channel to be sure all was clear this time (Thanks for the plan JBar... check weather then dress...who woulda thought?). Temp was 33 with 22 degree wind chill and 18 mph wind gust. Hmmmm. Common sense says stay in but when you spent the day before wishing you were on the bike, common sense goes out the door.

I got out to Burn's Park and John pulled in just a few moments later. Both of us had the same reaction... BRRR! I rode to the bridge and no bikes around. There was a group heading out on a 51 mile ride and I was hoping to at least see them.

Head on out to Maumelle to ride something a little different. The problem with riding in the cold temps and having to wear a real winter cap is that it's so thick that everytime I turn my head my hearing aid would shut off. Total silence. I messed with this a couple of times and was getting really ticked. Maumelle Blvd is not the place for a quite ride. As I'm fixing it yet again, the group coming flying by. Looks like about 8 to 10 of them. Said howdy as they went by and then got some crazed novel idea of jumping behind them and going. Looking down to see 24mph into the wind. I stay for a few minutes and hearing aid shuts off again. I'm on the back of this train with cars flying up behind us before switching lanes. I pull out into the neighborhood and circle back to the river.

I had a great ride all afternoon and got some hills in including a couple of repeats of Ft Roots and even a couple of Valley View, a short but steep hill.

All in all it was a great day to be out on the bike!

Geo out...
Fade to black...


Wes said...

Braaave man! Its supposed to get up to 32 degrees here by four oclock, so I'm pondering whether to get out on my bike this afternoon or not. My lips are still dry from my ride over a week ago! and it was 50 degrees then.

Rodney Olsen said...

I can't count the amount of times I've thought that I should just stay home before forcing myself to go on a ride.

I always end up half way through the ride thinking, "Wow, I almost missed out on this."

It's sometimes hard to get started but it's so good when you get on the road, no matter how hot or cold it is.