Five Below Zero
That was the temperature, when I left for work on the bike, this morning (20 below, for you Celcius-heads...). I wore my thick Alpaca sweater, rather than my usual thin wool sweater. Plus, I had my snowboard gloves, with liners, inside my bar mitts, and ski socks over my bike socks. Otherwise, I just wore my usual gear, and I was quite comfy. My feet were just beginning to get cold as I arrived at work (38 minutes).
The top layer snow on the roads is too cold to pack down, and it's a lot like riding through sand to push through it, though the snow from the previous two storms is packed pretty nicely underneath. We have had three Arctic cold fronts move through Denver in the past week, it has snowed on 4 or 5 occasions (depending on what part of town you live in), and our temperature has not gotten over the freezing mark since last Wednesday.
Tomorrow, we are supposed to hit 40F, here in town. I hope I don't have a heat stroke on the way home.
I have to admit that I am glad we've had all of the snow. It gives me an excuse to ride the bike, and no excuse to not ride the bike. And, I need to ride . While I don't want to go back to the "bike every day, no matter what" mode, I miss the fitness benefits. So, this week has been good, if somewhat tiring, so far.
One thing I don't miss about the every day bike ride, though, is having to go to bed early in order to not be dragging my butt in the morning. That is one of the big benefits of riding the motorcycle to work: I can watch Letterman, if I want to.
But, the big downfall of tht is that I had to let my belt out a notch, after Thanksgiving, and I haven't gotten it back to the original notch yet. Hopefully, this week's activity will help with that!