Do you sometimes find the hardest part of a ride is just getting yourself onto the bike in the first place? This is one reason I frequently extend a commute to make it into a training ride; I don't have a choice about getting onto the bike when it's a commute, right?
The weather's made it difficult to keep up on the outdoor training rides, but on Monday, I brought my riding gear so I could get in at least a modest ride on the way home. I tend to waaaay over-prepare for winter rides, resulting in my studded-tire winter bike topping 45 pounds including water, light systems, bags and extra clothing. But hey, it's training, right?☺ Bring it, gravity!
Reflecto-Bike, plastered with high-performance Reflexite V82 prismatic tape
I took along my Canon A610 digicam and grabbed a few video clips along the way, for our faithful readers' amusement and/or encouragement. My wobbly handheld videos have inspired comparisons to The Blair Witch Project, but I have plans to get a proper bike camera this Spring, maybe a ContourGPS.
I also had my GPS along (Garmin Edge 500), and imported the ride into Topofusion Pro afterwards. If this type of thing interests you, Topofusion has a no-time-limit demo version that just overlays "Demo" on 20% of the map, so give it a try with your GPS.
Topofusion Pro is mechBgon-approved ☺
Looking at the forecast, I'm speculating the Hangman Loop will be road-bike-friendly again by Wednesday, although a seatpost fender or RaceBlades seem prudent. Post your updates in the Comments if you've got a firsthand report to share.