It’s been a tough winter. I know things could always be worse. I could be trying to cycle in Boston, which just had two feet of snow dumped on it. I could be Tuckamoredew’s neighbor in Edmonton. But I happen to live in Virginia, where the occasional pleasant weekend is normal in the winter. Being here tends to raise your expections for good riding weather just a little bit. Sadly, the nice weekends haven’t come and the pleasant days (such as they are) have happened during the week.
Yesterday was a pleasant day, with highs in the low 50s. I got off work a little earlier than usual and managed to complete a 26 mile ride to Brentsville. The first six miles were done in daylight, which is always a pleasant sign for a weeknight. The sun is definitely staying out longer and I am counting the days (22) to March 10th when Daylight Savings Time kicks in once again.
I’ve ridden 207 miles this year, about 160 of them at night. My longest ride has been 27 miles. I need to step things up a bit. The DC Randonneurs 200k brevet is now three weeks away.
The forecast for Saturday calls for snow flurries and a high in the mid-30’s. Same for Sunday. It gets a little warmer and drier once again during the week. It looks like its just going to be “one of those winters.”