Normally at this time of year, there is about five feet of snow on the ground and the temperature is -5 degrees C. Oddly enough, the rest of North American seems to be having a normal winter but here in Southern Ontario the winter has been balmy to say the least. We only got one half decent snowfall before Christmas and I haven't even put gas in the snow blower. We had one cold spell where the weather dipped down to -10 degrees C but only lasted a couple of days.
The forecast for today's weather was for a balmy 13 degrees C!!! Unreal! No trainer ride today. Yesterday, I emailed Rom and Mike A to see if they wanted to head out first thing this morning but both declined. I badgered Rom yesterday but he refused and Mike went swimming instead however when I woke up it was rainy and foggy. It was way too dangerous to ride so we went to Costco to pick up a couple of things and $100 later it was noon and the sun was out. Time to ride. I emailed Peter A and Paul S but no response so I decided to head out by myself.
I had put a trainer tire on my tri bike which is too slick to ride outside, so I dusted off my road bike, pumped up the tires and headed out in the glorious sunshine. The temperature was about 12 degrees C and I only wore a running shirt as a base layer, a white bike shirt, arm warmers and shorts. It was surreal riding outside in shorts but it felt odd riding the road bike. I had not ridden it since June 2011 when I got the tri bike. I felt very high in the seat and my legs were fully extended. I had taken the seat off but don't remember changing the height of the post. I noticed the post was about one inch about the black tape I had marked. I didn't plan on riding for that long so I didn't bother adjusting the seat.
I headed north on Mccowan and noticed several people were looking at me rather oddly. Not sure why. There was a pretty good cross wind and riding up slight hills required way more effort than I remember. Could I be that badly out of shape? I turned west on Elgin Mills and then north on Warden Ave. The city recently paved the road and I flew up Warden. I felt pretty good so I kept heading north past Stouffville Road and Bloomington Road. At this point, I had to stop and adjust my seat post as my right knee was aching and I dropped it about one inch. For the life of me, I can't remember why I would change the height. By this time, sweat was pouring down my face as it was pretty warm. I finally hit Davis Dr and turned back south....right into a head wind. Well I guess that explains why I was riding so good heading north. I had a nice tail wind pushing me along. Duh. The ride back home was a struggle as my back and neck began to ache. The set up of the road bike and tri bike are way different. Thankfully I had left my aero bars on the bike but the stack felt like I was six inches higher than the tri bike. I didn't feel very aero but it was better than sitting upright. I kept riding south, regretting I rode so far north as the sun disappeared behind the clouds and my toes began to get cold. I was wearing wool socks but didn't put my booties on.
It felt good to be riding outside but by then I was done.