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  1. #1
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    Preparing for winter :mad:

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    What do you all plan to do in the winter to stay in shape for that first spring ride?
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  2. #2
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    I ride all winter. you're in Ohio, get snow tires!
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  3. #3
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    Ride my bike outside. Ride my bike inside on the trainer. Do Pilates. Walk my dog.

    Riding in the ice with studded tires is great fun and a greater workout. If I lived in a snowy place, I would probably ice skate and XC ski during the winter, too.

    I used to take spin classes and I really liked them and I was very strong in the spring. But I'm focusing on improving my finances, so I won't be joining a gym any time soon, if ever again.

  4. #4
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    Winter? We're still months away from winter!!! It's still 100+ every day here and will be for the foreseeable future. Winter here isn't really until January (and then that's about it).

    Sorry I'm no help, it just blows my mind people are already thinking about winter!

  5. #5
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    I have a new cyclocross bike that will get studded tires for Winter. But I've been running for the past 4 Winters, too, so I will also do that. And ride the "nowhere bike" with movies or The Sufferfest video workouts.
    Kirsten
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  6. #6
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    I plan to ride when it isn't raining. I hope there are days that are like that this winter. The forecast is for another wet winter. For those of you in the snow country, I cry. I would hate snow.
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  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubyTuesday View Post
    For those of you in the snow country, I cry. I would hate snow.
    Who said I didn't hate it? The older I get, the better I tolerate heat and the more I detest cold/snow. NOW I get why people move South when they retire!
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  8. #8
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    I get it too, Kirsten. I love the dry heat of California. Now if I could just get it to last 12months out of the year. I ride in the early morning when it is 60 degrees and swim in the afternoon. Why can't summer last longer?????
    “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”.
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  9. #9
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    I ride all winter.

    I also climb stairs (real stairs; I live in a 32 story building). Also walk a lot. I keep thinking I should do something more interesting, but I haven't thought of anything yet.

  10. #10
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    I am The. Biggest. Pansy. When it comes to riding in chilly weather. Note, I said "CHILLY" Not cold. Chilly. Below 45, I don't go. It really hurts my throat so bad. Poor lungs run in the family, and I have those, too. I've had pneumonia five times, and I'm not even 35.

    I hike a lot in winter. I also found an indoor trainer for this winter (yay!) and am looking at some cool videos to help it be a little more exciting. But I have a few great months of riding left, possibly up to December, before the cold drives me to hike more.
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  11. #11
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    I'm with grey. With temperatures in the 40s, for me it is painful to ride. My muscles get tight, it does not feel good.

    Winter: trainer + sufferfest, running. Last winter I signed up for a (running) race at the beginning of April. It was a good incentive to work out. I plan on doing the same this winter.

  12. #12
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    Swim and lift. Gonna get some huge quads and hammies to help me climb!

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom-zoom View Post
    Who said I didn't hate it? The older I get, the better I tolerate heat and the more I detest cold/snow. NOW I get why people move South when they retire!
    Yeah, really. I'd move to Arizona in winter if I weren't going to be detested for it by the year-round residents. (My evidence for this comes from DBF's dad...)

    If it's nice and dry (so no ice formation!), I'll ride outside--bundled up, of course. I do have to be careful of icy patches on trails in the shade. Otherwise, trainer and catching up on movies and TV. Maybe I'll at least keep in cardiovascular shape by doing other things...perhaps taking advantage of my university's pool?
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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  14. #14
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    I will ride as long as possible, which for me usually mean until late Nov/early Dec. But I also hit the gym everyday anyways for cardio/spin/weights, so I will have no shortage of workouts to keep me busy until spring rolls around.
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  15. #15
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    You need to discover winter sports. The key to winter is getting out in it and wool!
    Seriously, I ride until the beginning of December or so, but as it gets colder, my rides get shorter. I do some hiking in the "shoulder" season (fall). Once the snow falls, I get obsessed with cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Cross country skiing conditions are quite inconsistent around here, so I'm usually traveling at least an hour to do that, but we can have good conditions for a few days after a snowstorm. I can snow shoe out my door.
    I used to belong to a gym; did spin, yoga, weights. I now have a trainer for the bike and I do yoga and weights at home. So, basically, Dec., January, February are my months to take some time off of the bike (mostly January and February). If there's a sunny day in the 30's I'll go out for a short ride, if the roads are OK. I am back on my bike by March 5-10 and most people think i am nuts for that.
    I lived in AZ for 16 years and FL for 5. I hated endless summer and believe me, there is more to life than warm weather. I love the seasons and the quality of life I have here. I know I would get burned out if I rode all year round.
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