Well, no ride today or yesterday for that matter. The weather has turned much colder and I’m starting to realize that it’s going to take a lot for me to keep riding through the winter. I simply hate the damp and cold and it wreaks havoc with my bionic back.
Twenty years ago I rode during the winter. I didn’t like the cold back then either, but I didn’t let it stop me from getting out and riding. I’d pile on the layers or zip into my “zoot suit” (a highly unflattering, quilted, one-piece mechanics suit) and go ride. But the older I get the less I want to venture out when the mercury drops below 45. I hunker down inside, venture out as little as humanly possible and gripe about the cold when I’m forced to endure it.
I thought I’d try to keep riding Dharla through the winter, but I don’t know if I can stick to it. Others have told me it’s OK to let her have a little break, but here that can easily mean 12 weeks of rest. It worries me to think what she’ll be like after such a long layoff. I know that’s the longest she’s ever gone without any training or riding since she was started. So we’ll see what happens next!