MTB or fixie, you have my admiration

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Boston is getting slammed by weekly snowstorms this winter. Total snowfall is approaching the height of Shaquile O’Neal – and he’s 7’1″! And, it’s only February 2nd…

Many riders persist in commuting to work, or working, throught it all. I’m impressed. In some ways, it seems to me that these are the folks who have their priorities in order. They’re active outdoors while many of us cower from the storms (and complain).

Hats off to you, Boston area snow riders.

Ice-sailing and bike-riding

Happy Presidents Day. Another bright and sunny day and the road conditions North of Boston continue to improve. Still, it’s best to take out your winter bike as the roads are still messy, but it’s great to get out of the basement.

I’ve posted my first video today in order to give a sense of the road conditions. Most of the footage was shot in Lynnfield, but the bit with the guy ice-sailing was taken in Wakefield on Lake Quannapowitt. 
As you’ll see, there is still a ton of sand on the sides of the road and a combination of solid icy snow and wet, melting snow. Depends where the sun shines, I guess. Also, the potholes are many and also very deep in some cases. I find sticking to the major roads works best, though the cars might disagree. 
To get off the beaten path a little bit yesterday, I took a spin through Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover. No ice-sailing spotted on the large pond up there yesterday, but I did see many ice skaters, a hockey game in progress, and a large campfire going in the middle of the afternoon. Looked like fun.

Almost forgot how good road salt can taste

After all the brutal cold spells in Massachusetts, not to mention the ice storms and snow storms, it was great to have a little “spring-like” weather today, even if that meant just a brief pop into the low 40s. 

The roads were narrow and dirty, the cars a little impatient and unforgiving, but the sun was shining and it was good to get outside. Cycling indoors at spin classes and on trainers is all well and good, but there’s nothing like getting out on the road, even if that means an occasional mouthfull of road salt or splash of dirty water. The cleanup is no fun, either, but that will come later…. probably shouldn’t have taken my good bike out today, but couldn’t resist.
Getting outside was good motivation too for the upcoming Harpoon Indoor Time Trial, where I have three specific goals:
1. Show up
2. Ride hard
3. Try not to throw up. Though Jonathan Vaughter’s ride ’till you vomit training technique seems to be very effective, it’s just too early in the season.
The Harpoon Indoor Time Trial will be a good early goal to get on track for the Harpoon Brewery to Brewery ride in June, my major goal for the season. Both are looking like pretty cool events.