November 28, 2012
When it came time to choose a preschool for Dexter, I had the choice of going to my neighbourhood place just a few blocks away (major league convenience). But, I also applied at this other preschool about a 10 minute ride away (20-25 min walk) because it had an afternoon class.
Now, everybody is going to think I am a huge baby because it's challenging for me to get my kid to school with his coat off for 8:45 am. But I know this about myself... I am not a morning person. Especially not when wrangling an unpredictable 6-month old at the same time.
Since Don and I both work until quite late, by the time I am finished with teaching I basically have to tend to baby Alice and put Dexter to bed immediately. We don't have much in the way of quality time in the evenings, and since I am teaching for large chunks of the day, that time is gone too.
So mornings become our family time. We wake up leisurely and get ready. I have a coffee and get Dexter his breakfast. If we're not in a rush to get anywhere sometimes we have special pancake mornings. I get baby Alice down for a nap and get ready. It suits our current schedule just perfectly, even if the school is farther away. I am all about that afternoon class.
It also forces me to ride my bike. Even in the winter.
Now, the first week of riding wasn't all that bad. We got a pretty big helping of snow right off, and my general rule is that I don't bike on the first day of a big snow. Too hairy.
But I was on the bike the next day, and although more challenging, it was still fun! Dexter likes to remind me to seal the flap so that he can stay warm.
Though, I think my tires may have a slow leak or maybe something with the colder temperatures is happening. One day last week I biked with incredibly flat tires and it was a pretty intense workout. Ice. Snow. Bumps. Snow hiding ice. Windrows. Frozen tire treads. Cars driving around in a huge rush and not noticing there is a bicycle on the street. It was less straightforward than it usually was.
Funny, how it's the conditions of the road (unpredictable and varied) that are the most vexing. The -10C to -15C (5F-14F) temperatures don't really bother me at all.
I bid Don to pump up my tires (those of you who read this blog frequently will know that I am somehow horrifying at pumping up tires) and the next day.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
The cycling, in the same bumpy and slippery conditions was at least 30% easier. Thank goodness. Confidence restored. Back at it!
I'm still ironing out some issues with biking with the trailer in the winter. This is my first winter biking with 50-60 lbs trailing behind me and it's definitely more work than solo biking. Generally speaking, I think I've just got to keep my tires the correct pressure, and I need to just keep doing it so that my cardio level can match that which is required for winter commuting with a trailer in the ice and snow.
The increased cardio aside, I'm really happy to have something built into my day that makes my body work! No gym membership required over here. If you see me show up panting somewhere, with a runny hose, you'll know what's up.
How is winter cycling for you guys?