Spring leads to summer, which drips with hot, hazy, drinkable air that envelops your every pore. Some curse the humidity. I adore it. During one particularly brutally hot spell, a few of us were spinning out our own little century, melting like popsicles on the sidewalk about 65 miles in when we passed by an old Coke machine by a rundown gas station. We fished dollar bills from our pockets and said a few silent prayers. It worked. Fifty cents a can. They were ice cold. We chugged them like Mean Joe Green, giggling like giddy schoolgirls, and felt like the luckiest cyclists to pedal the earth. You don't get moments like that in moderate climates.
Spring sunshine is sweetest after winter chill. But you know what I mean!"
And winter leads to spring, which in that yin yang way makes you give thanks for the warmth and sun and budding flowers so much more for having cursed the dead, dormant earth and heavy, cold cloud cover.
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Seasons breed diversity. That diversity breeds community that Nike Air Max Blue Womens embraces the opportunities and challenges of each season, inventing fresh new ways to train and play and race and ride. I suppose I could live anywhere else on earth. But I'm not sure I would. At least not for a long while. For the riding that I love and all those whom I love to ride with, there's no place like home.
and relentlessly gray skies have been wearing down year round riders down like gravel grinding into macadam.
So yes. There were plenty of days I stepped out on the porch to see what to wear, jumped back in squealing expletive laced streams of consciousness about how I was over winter and would someday live where I never had to be cold again. Then I would layer up silk base, wool mid layer, jacket, tights, gloves, booties, Buff (there's a simple pleasure in having it down to a science) and roll down the road, relishing in winter's cold embrace and basking in the startled, often appreciative looks of motorists passing by, stunned to see smiling cyclists pedaling through January as though it were June.
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face a "Real Feel" of 12 on the road? I can take my mountain bike on frozen trails, follow abandoned railroad beds on my cross bike, or stuff earbuds in my ears and bang hot laps around the protected gravel path in the Parkway down the road.
As much as I hate the winter sometimes is as much as I love it others. The quiet starkness. The way I can see forever through the barren trees, noticing houses and land features generally obscured by walls of leafy green. I love that winter forces me to be inventive. Can't bear to Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Moire Triple Black
his recent escape to LA and the beaches of Southern California. It hasn't been the worst winter here in the Mid Atlantic. In fact, there've been very few days where you simply couldn't ride due to snow or ice or inclement weather. There have been many, however, where otherwise reasonable people probably wouldn't. The bone chilling cold, persistent gale force winds, Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 Grey
And fall? Oh fall. Electric blue skies, cool air, sunshine that warms like a perfect fitting flannel. Ribbons of yellow tape strewn across fields. Apples, pumpkins, soup, and cyclocross. Brilliant displays of gold, red, and amber that remind us that even in death there is remarkable, breathtaking beauty and the promise of something beyond.
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