After a rather dry spring (at least as the air is concerned), it’s a welcome return to more “normal” conditions with some storms and humidity.
The spring conditions are finally supporting some steady, consistent riding. I was not the only one on the road, as I encountered several group rides working over the hills around Medina.
Perfect riding weather is few and far between in Minnesota and needs to be taken advantage of when it comes around. Thus, an after work ride was a foregone conclusion for the day on Friday.
While avoiding the patches of dried mud, I focused on my heart rate for the ride and tried my best to keep it steady at around 155. I need to slow down and extend my riding for longer duration/distance instead of always focusing on speed.
A ride by Lake Minnetonka confirmed that it is far from having its ice melted away. This long winter and atypical spring has resulted in the usual Minnesota milestone events (like ice-out) being delayed by several weeks.
The weather has been tough this spring (lots and lots and lots of snow) that eliminated any planned rides. But, finally breaking into the 60s/70s on Friday resulted in “must ride” sort of day.
The Earth just doesn’t want to let go of winter this spring season and continue to make after work cycling a challenge. After a false start, it was good to get back on the bike on Tuesday – even though it is still rather cold.
As the spring thaw kicks into full gear in Minnesota, it results in a lot of water flowing around every corner. The roads also start to shift and buckle – making the small gaps in the tarmac a torture device for any cyclist.
A steady run of early season rides has taken a toll on my 41 year old body. The first few weeks are always the worst to the Minnesota cycling season.
Riding when it is not perfect conditions outside is a defining characteristic of someone who can really call themselves “cyclist”. Wednesday’s cold, clammy conditions epitomized this concept.