A. J.’s 2013 Bicycling Adventures

January 31, 2013: Believe or not I made it out riding today. There were some instances were I was regretting this decision. I was surprised how much I got blown around by 30 to 40 mph wind gusts at times. It really sucked as a headwind or off your 10 to 11 o’clock as you were trying to go uphill.

Yes, the wind took it out of me. When I put my gear on it was barely over 50 degrees. It dropped steadily during my ride. Through in the wind and it was cold, damn cold. Fortunately I was layered with a wind breaker, fleece, and thermal on my top, riding shorts and pants on the bottom. I should have opted for the three finger gloves but went conventional gloves with riding gloves over them. I did not suffer to much.

My time did suffer. I can tell that the holidays played hell and not being out on the road since late October had its drawbacks. My average speed was slightly better than 12 mph. I would do this same route in the summer at close to 15 to 18 mph, but I did not have the cold and wind. I also only did 15.8 miles.

The one thing I did get out of today is that hopefully this year I will get at least one ride in every month of the year.

Later

January 29, 2013: Well here it is, the start of a new bicycling year. I hope this year is better than last year. I retired with 30 years of Federal Government Service in April 2012. In May of 2012 I underwent shoulder surgery along with a couple of months of physical therapy. So my serious riding did not start until late June. This knocked me out of two events I wanted to ride in. The Charles River Wheelmen (CRW) Climb to the Clouds Century in July and the D2R2 in August. I just did not have the legs for it. I did manage to have the legs, just barely, for the CRW fall metric Century.

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