Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Off-Season

Since my early January ride in Arizona, my riding has been somewhat limited. With no planned rides until April, I have lacked motivation. Even on nice days where temperatures get into the 40's, the nice window is pretty short. It'll start to warm up in the early afternoon, but start cooling off rapidly by 5 p.m. Riding is far from ideal and it's not hard to come up with an excuse to stay home. Unfortunately, indoor rides on a trainer sound even less appealing so I'm resigned to losing fitness and gaining weight waiting for spring.

I did get two significant rides in and mapped so far this winter. In late January I rode and mapped a ride to Willow Creek and back, and in mid-March I rode and mapped the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club's Three River's Metric Century route(see below).

I proposed the Willow Creek route to the bike club's touring group and they scheduled it for June 21. I will also be leading the Tour de Spud for the 3rd year in a row on May 23. The entire bike club touring schedule is at the bike club's website(click here).