The winter can be a struggle. It’s dark, cold, and grey. However, the weather and the season are merely a back drop. With the right mindset you can function to your maximum potential no matter the time. Below are 5 ways to get your mind right for winter cycling.
1. You will be outside at some point, regardless.
Human beings have yet to create teleportation. We are rarely able to travel from A to B without going outdoors. Whether it’s walking to your car in the driveway or walking to the subway from your apartment, you will probably have to go outside at some point. Rather than exerting a ridiculous amount of effort in avoiding the cold (which often leads to great frustration and failure) you should just embrace it. Bust out your gloves, scarf, down coat, and walk outside bravely. Another added benefit is that you will be in a consistent atmosphere. It’s pretty miserable to be freezing cold on the way to the subway only to become burning hot once you step inside. Let’s just stay outside. Get on your bike!
2. It’s still the quickest method of transport
Despite the temperature, biking remains the most effective method of transport. Of course this depends on where you live, but for those in metropolitan areas this is certainly true.In fact, being a bit cold might make you move a bit faster.
3. Moving makes you warm
Once you get over the initial chill your body will acclimate to the cold. Stagnancy is what makes the cold so bad. When you stand still (i.e waiting for the subway, waiting for the car to warm, etc), you become frozen. Your blood flow is restricted. However, once you start moving your body begins to warm up. In fact, I usually work up a sweat while riding through the winter. Stop being a weenie, brave the first five minutes of chill, and get on the bike!.
4. Count the ride as your daily workout
The cold is certainly not fun. It can be rather uncomfortable. However,through cycling you can eliminate the negative effects of a brutal chill. It’s common knowledge that riding a bike is good for physical fitness. So why not let the commute be your daily dose of exercise on the days it is brutally cold. Your ride back to your warm home can substitute as your work-out. Now that is efficiency.
5. You will be a bad-a**
I have been riding bikes through the winter for a while now. However, each time I march into work with my helmet in hand, people are surprised. This could be you! When people feel that you have prospered through discomfort, they act as if you have conquered Everest. This feels pretty good. If you begin riding through the winter, I can assure you will be labeled the office badass within weeks. So get out there and ride. Be a badass.