First let me say this: I made my goal of riding at least once a month for every month in 2013. It is just past the first week of December and I have slightly over 1600 road miles for the year. These do not include any miles on an indoor trainer. January and February of 2013 were tough. I only got one ride in each month. March showed improvement and June I was really putting on the mileage. July we had a heat wave where it was almost too hot to ride, unless you got up really early.
This brings me back to winter. I live just outside Boston. The temperature this morning was 28 degrees. The roads were dry and I could have gone out, but I did not. I am hoping on some new cold weather riding gear for Christmas. I do have enough to keep my upper body warm, but I need some nice leg and foot warmers.
I hope in 2014 that I can ride more. I want to see if I can get between 2500 and 3000 miles in 2014. I hope we do not have a snowy winter. Around Christmas is nice, but the rest of the year I hope the roads are snow and sand free. I know I will have to change my road slicks for something with more traction, but I hope to keep riding through winter. Another thing that I can’t stress to much. Watch out for black ice, sand and ice that forms after a thaw of snowfall. Anyway, be careful on the roads this winter, and don’t be afraid to take your share of the road when it narrows. A.J.