For the past six months or so, my Sunday 43 mile ride has started off with a mild temperature, usually the mid 70's. I follow a set routine, for the most part, and wheels down time is usually ten minutes before sunrise. Today I wanted to be home by 9:45am and given my previous good times of two and a half hours, that meant a departure at 7am, or twenty minutes before sunrise.
I'm a big fan of routines. But you still need to be aware of changing conditions. The rain we had all day Friday was gone, the skies were crystal clear. I awoke on time, dressed, had breakfast, morning ablutions, left for the start place, all on time. It felt chilly when I opened the garage door, so I pushed the button on the car steering wheel that gave me the outside temperature. It started out at 82, the temp inside the garage. Several blocks later, it registered 56F.
|Protect Your Knees From The Cold|
Yes, I was quite aware of being chilled to start, but sucked it up and upped the cadence a bit to generate some heat. Yes, the eyes teared up when I looked down to see how many gears I had left going into the valleys. And yes, once the sun and temperature came up, I had a really nice ride.
My friend Mel has posted some fall foliage pictures from Vermont. It is time for me to add considering extra layers to my pre-ride routine.