As winter continues its firm grip on the mid-west riding outside becomes a mental challenge. I have always thought that you do not have to be tough to ride outside in the cold. You have to be tough to take the first step outside to ride. I have all the clothes I need to keep me pretty warm during a chilly ride. After a couple days of riding in the sub-freezing temperatures it is hard to get the motivation to spend the 20-30 minutes getting everything out and dressed for the actual ride. By contrast it only takes 2-3 minutes to be dressed and riding the trainer in the 70 degree basement.
For this winter I would like to keep my outside miles above my inside miles. That would be pretty easy if I just quit riding inside but I have mileage goals to meet each week so I don’t turn into a slacker. The goal for the month is 785 miles and so far I am just a little ahead of schedule.
Weekly Miles: 210 miles (118 outside,92 inside)
Monday: 10 miles easy on rollers
Tuesday: 46 miles indoors
Wednesday: 20 miles easy on Velodyne
Thursday: 16 miles medium on Velodyne
Friday: 30 miles outside at medium tempo
Saturday: 38 miles cross bike on Gravel with Mike
Sunday: 43 miles cross bike on gravel
Sunday: 7 miles easy indoors