Monday, January 12, 2009

Cold weather riding -

Sunday called for a 4 1/2 hour ride. I checked the outside temperature and it was 48 degrees. I was going to go on a 50 mile bike ride and meet up with the Sunday afternoon group for another 35 - 45 miles. I put on my arm warmers, leg warmers and shoe covers. I packed lots of calories for the ride.

I hit the trail and I was immediately aware of how cold I was. I should have worn something else to keep my core temperature up. I made it to Sumrall and my feet were blocks of ice. I was not having any fun. I thought that I would turn around and ride the trainer in the house for an hour and a half until the group ride formed. Once I got home, I did get on the trainer. I had a 20 mile route programed in with lots of intervals. I took off the arm and leg warmers and changed my jersey top. I put a long sleeve technical shirt on to limit the puddle of sweat that would form under the bike.

I only made it 30 minutes (about 10 miles). My body did warm up. I did start to sweat. My feet were still cold. On top of everything I was bored.

I jumped off of the trainer and into the bathtub. I took a hot bath to get my temperature back to normal. There was definitely a lack of motivation with the training this weekend. I was looking for any excuse to not put in the time. The weather did not help.

Looking back, I do not know if this makes a difference, but I have not had a training day off this year (11 days and counting). It is hard for me to take time off. I looked at my training plan and there are no scheduled days off until 01/28 although today only calls for an hour long bike ride.

I will just have to play it by ear.