Shorts Stories (or goals and snow)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I have two distinct cycling goals for the year. The first is to log 4,000 outside miles which would be the approximate distance from my home of the past 17 years, Gold Beach, Oregon to my childhood home of Powers Lake, Wisconsin and back again. It sounds like a lot, but if you break it into smaller bite sized pieces, it's extremely doable - just under 11 miles a day if you could ride every day. I know that's impossible, so I've got it broken down by month: 100 miles in January, 200 miles in February, and so on varying the mileage by month, planning on day length, weather, etc. Simple. I've done it before.
My second goal is to ride in shorts at least once every month. Outside. Shorts on the trainer in the living room, doesn't count. That shouldn't be so tough either. So far I rode in shorts in January. January 27th to be exact. It was only eight miles, but it was with my wife and it was very nice. I've also ridden in shorts once this month, back on Feb 4. As you can guess, we had a ten day stretch of nice weather. Back home we would have called it the January Thaw. So here's my dilemma: I still have 19 miles to ride to meet my February and the weather doesn't look too cooperative.
The Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce calls the weather on Oregon's South Coast, a "Mediterranean Climate:" never too hot, never too cold. It's very rare that we see snow all the way down to sea level. If we're lucky, maybe once a year. As you can see in the photo below, there's that cold, sticky white stuff on the ground, on the road, and more of it falling from heavy, dark, gray clouds. And the National Weather Service is calling for more of it tonight and tomorrow. Cindy and I are leaving tomorrow for a three-day holiday. I think we should take the bikes - and shorts.

Not much snow compared to the rest of the country, but enough to keep me off my road bike. The deer in the yard is a neighborhood Doe looking surprised by this morning's white dusting.
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