It’s that >< cold! No! It's worse…


Preparing for a bike ride at -10°CToday was a ride on my bike scheduled. Well it’s cold outside, but as we all know: nothing stops a TriAddict. So I prepared… Don’t be fooled by the look in my eyes: it’s not despair but dedication, sheer dedication…

So off we go for a ride on auntie Kate – 1:30 hours away from dusk. A smooth start and overall today’s goal is base endurance. Right uphill at the start and I feel pretty warm. But then comes the even part – straight forward and… the wind. A cold wind from the front and from the side cutting like scissors over the skin of my face. My feet becoming cold until… until I can’t feel my toes anymore.

Onward, forward through the cold. After half the ride I realize that I even forgot my water bottle – this might become ugly… Onward through the cold – a good ride, were it not for my feet and especially my toes, which I didn’t feel at all (yes I had warm socks and neoprene bike shoe cover – figure those saved me from the worst).

Yet I remember the song I listened to, when I stopped feeling my toes (how fitting the song’s text… And please ignore the model in the vid…).

Yes I arrived at home, safely but the surprise was yet to come:

At once I warmed up and my legs and feet hurt due to the sudden warmth all around me. My legs almost feeling as if on flames. And then, then my toes warmed up. Imagine a thousand needles piercing your toes at once for 10 minutes and you feel each single needle simultaneously. That’s about how I felt.

And I?

I smiled, knowing it was good.

After the cold bike ride

Did I enjoy? Yes!

Will I do again? You bet!

 

Yours truly

fatsmoker2ironman

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Posted on January 31, 2012, in Bicycle, General, Medical/Special, Problems. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “And please ignore the model in the vid…”

    Hahahahahahaha!

  2. Now, I know you are NUTS! Worse than me. I don’t do the cold thing well. 😀 The model is uhh … kinda hard to ignore. 😛

  3. That is awesome! Nothing gets the enthusiasm pumping better than a hardcore ride!

    And everyone is right, you really can’t ignore the model!

  4. Glad you are back in the saddle–even if it is cold. I had the same thing happen skiing once (the really cold feet then warming up to needles)–no fun.

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