Many of my writing ideas come from daily interaction with people in the store. When the weather is like it’s been here lately (read: COLD), interactions are few and far between. What’s a guy to do?
My relationship with winter has changed as I’ve gotten older. In my 20s and 30s I would wear shorts in the bike shop all winter long. I spend a handful of years skiing upwards of 20 days a season. I rode my bike in temps down around (and sometimes below) 20 degrees (F). Not. Any. More. Dammit.
Couldn’t I ride my bike indoors? Sure. I have done this in years past. I could also stick a fork in my eye. It’s just too mind numbing for me to even contemplate. It will take a couple of weeks to get my legs back underneath me come Spring, but it’s a price I’m willing to pay. I have no one to keep up with but myself.
The flip side of this is I’m getting older (aren’t we all?). It’s not necessarily a great idea to just let myself go to pot during the winter months. Again, what’s a guy to do?
My solution should be body weight exercises. Air squats, push ups and stretching (maybe even yoga-gasp!). All these things could keep me mobile during the long, dark winter. Then again, I could go back to binging shows on Netflix.
If you live in a cold climate, keep the faith. Spring is nigh.
I was a guest on a local podcast last month. We talked about cycling in the city of Indianapolis. If you have an interest, you can listen to it here.