Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Where Did Winter Go?

And could we persuade it to stay there all the time?  I took advantage of yet another freakishly warm January day to close out the month with 117 miles.  That’s 117 more than I had ever ridden in January before!  The mileage total might have been a lot higher if things had gone according to plan in Georgia.  But the weird fact is that 4 of my 7 January rides were right here in West Bend, accounting for 72 of those miles.

Last year I didn’t reach 117 miles until March 10.  I had a personal record of 55 miles in February 2011.  That’s not much, and it could fall within days if the weather forecast is correct.  We’re looking at highs in the upper 30s and lower 40s through the weekend.  I will try to get out as frequently as I can, but I will restrict myself to roughly 1 hour for each ride.

For selfish reasons I hope February 11 isn’t especially nice.  Unusually warm weather would have a bad effect on attendance at Washington County Winter Bike Day, and I want the event to be a success.  Look again at what’s on offer at this year’s event—it’s not the same old trainer party you may remember from previous winters—and please let me know if you plan to attend.  You can “register” via Facebook.

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