Our bikes were so covered with snow - it was just like being in the mud - the brakes were basically useless by the time we were done.
At one point during our ride, while we were out on the road a car pulled up next too me and rolled down the window and the lady in the passenger seat tells me in broken English that I am brave while her son in the backseat films me. Hilarious - not sure if he was waiting to see if I would fall and hoped he would win a million dollars or if he had just never seen anyone so stylishly dressed on a bike - LOL, but at least I was warm! :-)
Sunday we opted for single track riding in the snow. It was pretty cool. Brady and two of his biking friends rode ahead while I made my way following the paths they had made, or my best attempt at it anyway. It was rough. I finally got clipped in and was able to go quite a ways without putting a foot down, but all the work of going through the snow made me hot. I stripped off my hat, gloves and tied my jacket around my waist - things were good...then I decided (not really) it would be a good time to fall. Lovely cold snow up my sleeves and down my back. Maybe taking the gloves off was pushing it. I put them back on and made it through the rest of the course with only a few more tumbles - it was OK, falling in snow doesn't really hurt - just watch out for the trees. I guess everyone bit it at least once so I didn't feel bad. It was my first single track in the snow and I enjoyed it.
Monday - finally, decided to get a run in. The roads here still aren't clear so I had to stick to main roads and even then I had to 'run gently' in a few places. I didn't make it out till about 5:30pm so it was already getting dark and colder. I probably looked pretty silly doing my shuffle through any wet looking spots, trying to make sure not to hit an ice patch, but it was worth it. The run felt good - the temperature was perfect for me. I didn't want to stop, but it really wasn't safe. Vehicle traffic around here isn't very runner friendly on a good day, but add in snow/ice patches & dark and it goes downhill. I called it good at 4.25 miles.
This morning we actually made it out of bed and went to spin class at the Y. I've been talking about going for a month and finally did it today. It felt good to have 1.25 hour workout in before even having a shower. I felt so good I rode my bike to work (like I should have yesterday!!). :-)
Till next time - run on, bike on in the snow...