I’ve been riding strong lately. Club rides the past two weekends saw me at the front of the pack, climbing without hyperventilating and taking pulls at the front of the pace line.
This time last year, I was often off-the-back and exhausted going up the slightest hills. Riding through the winter definitely has its benefits. Having made it to March, I cannot understand why I haven’t done this before. There is nothing to fear from the winter. Hell, I didn’t even buy or wear a winter jacket, relying entirely on layers of thermal underwear and lightweight fleece.
Cycling has been a constant in my life since the late 80’s. Although I may take a break for awhile (infant children, for example), I always come back to it. I realize now that I’ve cheated myself, all these years, by not riding through the winter.