I haven’t been running much. I don’t want to bike too much and get sick of the trainer before real training begins. I don’t want to do anything that could further irritate my knee. And we cancelled our gym memberships.
So when my husband suggested taking our cyclo-cross bikes out for an adventure in the snow on Saturday morning I was game!
It was -5 with a windchill of -8. And of course the way we were riding was into the wind! I seriously layered (two pairs of pants and bike shorts; sports bra, base layer sweater, running sweater, and thick cycling jacket; neck warmer, toque, and helmet; hot hands and my thickest running mitts; winter running socks, toe warmers, bike shoes, and bike shoe covers).
I have never ridden a bike in snow before so didn’t know what to expect, especially since we don’t have studded tires.
We rode on packed sidewalks, shoveled sidewalks, and icy sidewalks. We rode through slushy roads and roads with heavy snow. We hit snow-covered trails, cleared trails, icy up-hills and slick down-hills.
Kelly gave me some great tips that kept me upright and safe! I think the best one was to go with it. If the snow starts taking you one way, let it instead of trying to correct your front tire.
I was really tense at the beginning, was scared of being clipped in, and didn’t know if I should continue. I was really proud of myself for sticking with it and embracing the challenge!
The trails were the most fun, but we had a blast throughout the entire four-hour ride.
When’s the last time you did something different? Have you biked in the snow?