Lessons learned from a habitual outdoor runner

Month: November 2019

October 2019 Activity Stats

I’m still not running. The knee, oh, the knee! But, you know what? I’m extremely grateful for what I can do. I can ride a bicycle for long distances (weather pending) at a decent pace and I can walk 2-3 miles each day. I am blessed!

Below are the October 2019 biking and total statistics.

1st below freezing ride of 2019

It was great to go for a bike ride after several days of rainy and blustery conditions. Walking is alright, but you really can’t get an aerobic workout very easily. Obviously, there are obstacles and challenges to deal with riding a bike in cold weather. Clothing seems to take the longest to get right.

I opted to layer cotton and polyester with one layer being a thicker thermal shirt, then the outer shell being my Work-n-Sport coat then finally my reflective shirt. With a scarf around my neck and a thin hat under the helmet, it actually worked pretty well. I was cold at first, but within a mile or so I had generated enough heat around the torso to expand the ride outside of town and into the fields a few miles.

With two pair of socks on in my leather boots and wind pants, the lower body remained reasonably comfortable. The toes did a little complaining after about 10 miles, but weren’t brutally cold. I’m not exactly a fitness magazine model, but I’m able to keep riding a bit longer outside, for which I am grateful!

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