Today was my first really cold commute. Actually, it really wasn’t all that cold…somewhere from about 29F-31F…but it was the coldest weather I have ridden in before. I have a 4 mile commute (8 mile roundtrip), and I was quite comfortable in my work clothes, wind/rain pants, a fleece jacket, homemade (gift from Edgar’s G-mother) knit hat, and windproof gloves. Actually it was very enjoyable, and I can’t wait to ride home later. I am excited to keep it up through the season. There is just something about the crazed/amazed looks you get on a bicycle from cars in this weather.
As it begins to get colder here, I look forward to the challenge and the opportunity for some good exercise. I have lost around 18 lbs since I started riding again, and my legs are beginning to get defined like they used to be when I was in high school…very cool (I think Jordan thinks so too 😉 ). It is neat to consider how many people bike in up here, though already that number is falling off, people just don’t seem to like the cold too much I guess.
I am reworking my thesis in an attempt to create something more meaningful, and it is slow and agonizingly painful as I am fighting with GIS scripts and defunked software with attitude. What’s more, I am trying to do all of this for a presentation on Friday, which needless to say isn’t at all done yet. Oh, and I have a harsh take-home midterm in OCH due Friday as well, which I’ll have to turn in Thursday because of the conference/presentation. Basically, I guess it is a typical week for me 😀