Sunday, February 24, 2008

First Outdoor ride for 2008

If you are/were a reader of my blog, you might be wondering if I was still alive. Between Gatorade tests, starting a new job and just everyday life, I have been busy. Yeah, I know... so is everyone else. Now that I am riding more consistently and we are nearing the start of cycling season, I plan on updating this blog more often.

Yesterday, I took my first ride outside for 2008. It was a beautiful day for ride. Never mind that it was 30 degrees (-1 C); it was sunny and only a light breeze out of the West. Of course, starting the ride into the wind didn't help to get me warmed-up quick. I even thought about turning around right at the start of the ride because my neck was so cold. I didn't and I am glad I didn't. I rode for 1:15 and was pretty warm for the entire ride.

A couple of things to keep in mind when riding in the cold. You will ride slower. Your body has to take a good amount of your energy to help keep you warm. Also, the air is more dense and you have more wind resistance which also decreases your speed. If you expect yourself to ride a certain speed all the time, cover up your speed reading with a piece of tape, if you have to. Just get out and ride. You will be glad you did.

I am planning on riding with a fellow club member today as today is supposed to be a little warmer although the wind is supposed to be a little stronger.


sma said...

how have the gatorade tests been going? i was accepted into their test pool but have yet to do a test...

High Voltage said...

tests were completed a while ago. It wasn't easy but I would do it again. I think the hydration test is fun because there are others to socialize with. Good luck in getting accepted.