Tuesday was a short ride - about a mile each way, because I was running late and wanted to get as close as I could. Thursday and Friday I parked 3.4 miles away and rode in. It takes just 13-15 minutes each way, depending on lights, etc. Nice ride. This is working out great! Depending on the timing, I may start parking 4.5 miles away.
Soon, I hope to ride all the way in. Perhaps in the spring, when the weather is more cooperative.
Speaking of weather...
Today was a beautiful morning. Sun shining and the air was crisp. After running to the store quick, I decided to go for a ride. So what if it was only about 15F out. I layered up - four on top, three on the bottom, double gloved and double socked.
|This is me after I got back - that's frost on the beard (it's not that white... yet).|
A couple miles further down the road, my feet started to hurt. I had thought that double-layering would be sufficient. By the time I got back home, they were really cold. (Did I mention it was only about 15F out when I rode?) I was actually worried about frost bite. I shed my shoes and socks and wrapped my feet in a blanket and sat on them. I don't recall ever having my feet be that cold before. Not even the day in January 1986 when I sat in Soldier Field during a Bears' playoff game.
Turns out, it may have not been a good idea to double-sock. My cycling shoe was fitted with one sock on. I may have reduced circulation to my feet, compounding the problem rather than impriving it.
So, what's to do about it? Two things: wool socks and shoe covers. Proper equipment goes a loooonnnnngggg way. Now, I gotta get it. #bikeschool lesson of the week.
Other than the problem w/ the feet, it was a great ride.