I was trying to be optimistic that the weather was going to warm up just a tad so that I could ride outside, seeing that I still have yet to purchase cold weather gear.
Within the last hour it has snowed covering the ground. It's very fitting actually since I emailed my coach about getting some cross country skis for cross training this winter at his recommendation early this year. I just might need teh skis sooner than I thought!
Ralphie (my pooch) was really excited for the first snow fall. We just got back inside from playing in the yard and he loved it. He was doing laps around the back yard with his nose in the snow. Very funny!
Seems that the snow has dwindled off, but it was really coming down for a bit while I was updating the mapmyride.com training log for today's weight training w/ running session. Maybe I'll actually have to watch the news to see what the weather is going to be like for the rest of the week. At least I got the snow blower out and working last week if it keeps snowing.
Continued with weight training last Friday with some of the exercises having increased weight. Feels good to know that this will help my racing next year. Also started running a little bit on the treadmill. I haven't brought myself to using one of the fugly spin / stationary bikes at the gym yet. Spent an hour on the trainer yesterday watching DVR'd episodes of Entourage. Interesting comedy. Makes the time go by somewhat quicker. I'll be heading downstairs in a few minutes to ride the trainer for today's workout session. Wish the weather would warm up just a tad and I'd head out for a short ride, but it's 35 degrees and the back porch is icy. No thanks. Don't need to be banged up before going into work at 2pm today. I still need to get some warmer winter clothing or any winter cycling clothing. Especially shoe covers. This time of year the toe warmers don't really cut it.
Starting my weight training program yesterday. I've never really done anything with weights before. Even in high school when I played soccer; I think we went to the weight room once and that was it for the three years I played. I've talked with quite a few people and was humbled to find a lot cyclists weight training in the off season and year round. Hopefully this does yield gains for next year. I am a little sore today, even though the lifting yesterday was very light to stimulate the nerve endings to get my body used to the upcoming loads in the next months. Probably just because I'm not used to making doing the static movements of the particular exercise.
On a sidenote, the weather has been interesting the last couple days. It's November so you would think cold and that it gets dark out way too early. Well we have one of those things, the darkness that limits riding time, but yesterday it was just shy of 70 degrees and today is supposed to be similar. Luckily I have most of the day off and will get to play outside in the yard herding the stray leaves. Yippee!