First off, I’ll state the obvious and say that the feature photo above has nothing to do with the cycling I was doing today. It is a nice reminder however, of the much warmer place I was four years ago about this time, Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Jumping back to 2021, January here in the northeast was in many ways a great month. The weather was moderate, at least by New England standards. Most days the temperatures climbed up above freezing by midday. We got snow that stuck around, but it was infrequent enough that the roads cleared and stayed clear. I was quite pleased with myself. I managed to get in more miles this January than any other January since I’ve been tracking my mileage.
February however, is a very different story. It has been cold. It has been windy. It has been snowy. Frequently it has been all three at once. Riding has been much more difficult. I’ve gotten out some, but not nearly as frequently, and not for the distances I was doing the month before. And has it been fun? Well… of course, any day on a bike is better than a day not on a bike. And there is of course the good feeling of getting your heart rate up and working up a little bit of a sweat, knowing that you’re doing something for both your physical and mental health. And of course, there’s the sense of accomplishment from fighting the weather and coming out victorious, or at least playing to a draw. But fun? Maybe, sorta.
So, this weather has made it a little difficult to get myself enthused for our February challenge. It’s been just too uncomfortable to take the gloves off to get pictures. And really, the scenery hasn’t been particularly inspiring. Nevertheless, I did notice today a candidate for a hazard all us cyclists face.
The forecast for this week includes snow or freezing rain every day, so who knows when I’ll get out next.
Happy Valentine’s Day everybody.