Friday, January 27, 2006

Danger cold

Date: Jan. 26
Mileage: 12.5
January mileage: 399.8
Temperature upon departure: 0

Still feeling a little on the sad side. It saps through my energy like a cold blast of Siberian wind, which also happens to be whipping through town. Geoff warned me about dressing thoughtfully for riding in the "danger cold." I can't really complain about temperature, though. It's -30 in Kenai (only an hour north of here). It's -45 in Fairbanks. I'm sure if it were to suddenly jump up to zero up there, little Fairbanks kids would probably go out to recess in T-shirts. Plus, thoughtful dressing has me feeling more comfortable riding outside than I do sitting in my office (where the heater is broken!!). If only my eyelashes would stop freezing together ... in my office.

I rode about a half hour on the trainer before dinner. The effort was so smooth and sweaty and mindless that I was tempted to do another hour or so after dinner rather than ride outside. But then I checked my e-mails, and saw a nice comment from Ricky, quoting something I said yesterday and simply replying, "thanks for that." It prompted me to saddle up.

Sometimes I get caught up in routine, and it's so easy forget why I ride. All those reasons I started out with, when I first crawled onto an 18-speed and rolled down my block - they're still there. For the landscape rolling beside me. For punishing climbs and sweeping views. For cold winds and breathtaking descents. For quickness and slowness. For unpredictability. For the simple wonder of it all.

Life could become so frustrating otherwise.


  1. Jill, I enjoy reading about your cold weather exploits.

    I can hardly wait until the weather turns nice for you because I fully expect to see ride reports where you are riding 16 hours straight:-)

  2. Wow. You are a tough one. And what amazing views. Nice job on the Fatty's contest. That was a good one.

  3. It was -50 here this morning. Which was kind of nice, actually, because it gave us all the chance to say "It's -50 outside!" We wore Hawaiian shirts to work today.

    0 really would feel nice and warm by comparison. I'd wear a t-shirt around the block at 0. :)

  4. I was thinking of you today as my head was going to explode due our cold, and what would lately be a warm spell for you.

    Anyhow, I have decided that for the next two months of winter, unless it is terribly windy, I will think of you in Alaska and then stop whinning and go get on my bike. When the bitter wind blows down from Hudson Bay, well, I don't know you and have never heard your name. GRIN.

    Thanks for the inspiration! Good luck on the rest of the training for the big ride.


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