I have posted the weather before, and it seems to get really warm and windy right before it snows. Take, for example, the weather on deck for this week:
Wow, I can work on my tanlines today and then be a popsicle on Wed. and Thursday. Coach has me riding 2.5 hours every day this week. Someone asked me on the facebook what I do when it gets cold or wet out. Well…I keep riding. I rode the trainer for approximately 10 hours over the winter last year and the rest of the time was spent playing in the snow and slush. In past years, all I have owned for winter riding is arm warmers, a wind vest, a wind jacket, knee warmers, non-water proof gloves, leg warmers, shoe covers, and beanies. Yes… it is hell on wheels blasting down a canyon road in the dead of winter after sweating on the way up, but I have made due. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal. My hands and feet would thaw out, but it would sting like hell getting in the shower.
This year, I am outfitting myself with better gear so I don’t dread the winter months so much. I think it’s one of those things where if you don’t know any better, it doesn’t matter – like when I used to race hill climbs on a 35 lb free ride bike, 100 oz camelback, and had never been happier. The idea of that now makes me laugh and cringe. I recently purchased the Endura Stealth Waterproof winter riding jacket. I got in the mail last night and was so excited, that I wore it in the house until I was sweating. It will be put to good use in the next 2 days, and I will write a review about it. I also go the Strike Waterproof Gloves. Winter, I am ready for you.