I cycle a lot during the warmer, drier spring, summer, and fall months. Come winter, I generally head indoors to train on a spinning bike. I can easily cycle 1,000 km / month when the weather is good, but have trouble maintaining the mileage when the days get shorter, colder, and wetter. Well, I want to change that. I want to cycle 10,000 kilometres in 2019.
To cycle 10,000 km / year means cycling ~30 km each and every day, ~210 km per week, or ~840 km a month. This doesn’t include days off for rest, or considers longer rides. I like to ride 30-40 km a day through the week, and complete a 75-100 km ride on the weekend with at least 1 day off. So, it should be easy to ride 10,000 km provided I can maintain the pace during the shorter, colder, wetter months – November through February.
That’s the challenge.
I really don’t have any excuses. I’m retired, so have all the time in the world. I have a well equipped, winter road bike – an older full carbon steed with a DuraAce Group and wheel set 😀 And, I have wet and cold weather kits; waterproof rain jacket, booties, and gloves; flannel lined arm and leg warmers; woollen jerseys and cap with integrated ear warmer; a variety of base layers; and soft shell jackets for the cooler but drier weather.
So, instead of heading indoors like I normally do, I’m going to continue cycling outdoors averaging ~800 km per month throughout the winter. It will be a challenge. I have commuted through the winters before but not this distance.
I have a strategy.
I have noticed throughout the years on the the Pacific West Coast at some point on most days there is a dry spell. It usually rains in the morning, and then as the day warms up, the rain subsides, often stopping all together. I’ll wait for these times to minimize the time I actually cycle in the rain. My preferred weather app forecasts the precipitation % throughout the day –
This is the first thing I check while sipping my morning coffee.
And, I’m planning a winter holiday somewhere sunny and warm. A month in the sun. Maybe Arizona or Maui again. This will give me something to look forward to, and keep me motivated during those cold, wet rides.
You my ask why I would want to do this – ride in the Pacific North West winter months. Well, I feel better, both physically and mentally, when I ride every day. I prefer being outside, challenging myself on the hills, and discovering new routes. It sure beats the spinning bike. So, why would I not want to do this?
Join me 😂