Monday, February 18, 2013
I admire those of you who maintain your outdoor activities year-round. I thought I would try it this winter, but find it is just so much more enjoyable for me to head to the bicycle trainer and the treadmill when the temperature goes below 50 degrees. Call me a wimp, but I get my money's worth for the annual Y membership from late November through April.
That is not to say that I do not enjoy being outside during the winter! In fact, I love the great outdoors all year. I just find that I am more comfortable when dressed to resemble the Michelin Man, than when I'm dressed for exercise - even properly so.
One of our state's old tourism mottoes was: "From Murphy to Manteo!" (Murphy is our westernmost city, Manteo our easternmost.) I love the extremes of our state - extremes in geography as well as temperatures. A couple of weeks ago, I visited one of our beaches. Took some long walks on the beach, but chose to exercise indoors.
This past weekend, I went to the mountains. Thank goodness our friends have a stationary bicycle in their home, because the windchill was -5! I didn't leave the house on Saturday. (The bulging trashbag bursts!) I enjoyed watching the snow and listening to the wind howl while sitting in front of the fire. On Sunday, I had to go out (they refused to build an insulated tunnel for me to walk through to get from the door to the car - and I call them friends...). We traditionally do a group picture depicting the number of years we've done the Valentines' weekend (26 this year). I had on silk longjohns, a sweater, a hoodie, a down vest, and a ski jacket. Can you pick me out? I know I was the only warm one in the group! Vanity has its pitfalls in my book!
The snow WAS beautiful! I just chose to enjoy it from the other side of the window.
Have a great day! (I'm heading for the Y.)