Right! It was 9 degrees on my way to work this morning. Yesterday it snowed about two inches on the roads. I finally broke out my winter coat, winter gloves, and stocking cap (which doesn't work very well with my helmet). To tell you the truth, I don't mind riding in 30 to 40 degree weather if I'm properly dressed for it, but when it gets below 20, its just downright miserable. My beard freezes, my nose runs, my fingers, ears, and cheeks become numb and I shiver all day long in the office. Sure, come January and February I will gladly welcome 0 to 10 degree weather and maybe even go back to my jacket, but for now it's just plain cold, frigid actually. I think I'll be suspending my joy rides for awhile and sticking with just commuting. I don't trust my road bike on ice and I'm sure the mountain bike trails are just a muddy, icy mess right now. So don't be surprised if I don't post for awhile. I don't see a break in this cold streak in the forecast.
Don't worry, this will in no way affect my image at work. The people that think I'm a Bad A** for riding during lunch in 30 mph winds and 30 degree weather will still think I'm a Bad A** as I show up to work in -20 degree weather or on slushy roads this winter and the people who think I am freakin' nuts will be reassured that I am by doing the same.
I will miss it though. I've ridden over 10 miles a day, almost everyday (excluding Sundays) for the past 6 months. Well, there's always spin class. My legs hurt just thinking about it.