First off, I moved away from Chicago straight to So Cal when I was 7.
That being said I have only been a fan of the cold when I,
A : had a snowboard or set of skis strapped to my feet. OR
B : was in a hot tub after a long day of skis and or a snowboard strapped to my feet.
C : had a set of ice skates laced up.
So I know I keep bringing this up, but it is fricken hard to get out the door at 5:15 A.M. to run, but especially gear up to ride.
I did get to rock my new bike shoes for the first time this morning. They are a full on the fly put em on ,take em off Tri shoe. So they are not necessarily the most insulated shoe I guess. But I threw on some wool socks and they seemed good in the 42 degree crisp, clear air.
Back in the day. I'll call it past life Tri training. I have come to the realization that I was very lazy with my training. I don't really remember blowing off a bunch of work outs, but I'm guessing I probably did.
I know for sure my a.m. work outs were far and few between. And indoor trainer workouts were probably no more than 6-8 a season.
I know it's probably relative to being in my 20's, and at a walking around weight of 175 lb. But we kind of just trained a few days a week all out. Then we may not train for a couple days at all.
Eat,drink, go kill yourself for a couple of hours, rest and repeat. Winter rolled around and we were all about skiiing, some runs, some rides.
I also remember being sore alot. And I'm not that way very often now. So age had deffinetly gave me wisdom in training. I also think consistancy has done this too. Even at a much heavier weight now than then ,I believe I could beat all my past race times. I wish I was organized enough back then to have them, but I don't. So everything from August 8th 2010 on is my PR and thresholds to beat.
I give you mid west/east coast guys and gals huge props for your determination to gut it out on trainers.
I give you even more props for your excessively bundled up runs and rides when you venture out.
I can tell you for sure that I believe I'll draw the line if I walk out to my back yard and my temp gauge reads anything under that 40 f. line.
I'll keep you posted on that, when that day comes.
I can see runs in that temp, but rides ? not so much.
A.M. ride this morning in beautiful So Cal coastal conditions for 25 miles. Slight on shore north wind at an average speed of 20.2 mph and a bit cold at times. But I really felt blessed to be out there and capable of doing this.
" FOCKER OUT" !