Sunday, January 30, 2011

What a Difference a Week Makes......

This is the kind of post that has the potential to make those of you who live in colder climes to hate me. Or at least hate my words. Today was one of those weird weather days in the South that tend to make us forget all the crappy days we've had.

Last Sunday when I rode my bike, I had to wear a long-sleeved t-shirt, a jersey, a jacket, a neck warmer, ear warmers, fleece-lined tights, full-fingered gloves, my Wigwam socks (the warmest socks I have ever owned, hands down....make that feet down), and what Katydid calls our "boat" cycling shoes.

Today I was able to wear a short-sleeved jersey, no t-shirt underneath, no jacket, fingerless gloves, knickers (not the kind they wear in England), thin socks, and my Keen cycling shoes. Temperatures today were in the 70's with a light wind. It was more like an annoying wind at times, but I'm certainly not going to complain. I needed to ride 10.41 miles today to meet my January goal; I wound up riding 27. I was never far from home, but I kept doing little loopy-loops.

It's hard to believe that three weeks ago today we had 7 inches of snow on the ground. In fact, I saw a couple piles of it STILL on the ground, piled up beside the road in shady patches that won't see the sun until sometime mid-May.

I don't know about other Southerners, but on days like this I try to cram as much in as I can. Because you never know when it's going to dip down into the 20's again. Our weather is supposed to deteriorate this week, getting colder every day and rain at least three days this week. When I was riding my bike, I saw a bunch of folks out on their motorcycles, so I thought to myself, "I'll go home and get the Harley out for the first time in months." Before that, though, I thought I would load up the kayak and take it to the park for some paddling around the lake.

None of that actually happened, though. When I rode past the back part of the park, I remembered that the lake is only about half full. There's enough to kayak, but not in a lot of areas of the lake. Then when I got home and put the bike up, I remembered there is a broken elliptical parked behind my Harley, and I can't move it by myself.


I was forced to fold a load of laundry and play the Wii. Still not a total waste of a perfectly beautiful day.


Kelly said...

We had that weather yesterday. The rain went south of us today. Still supposed to get some Tuesday, though, before the temps plunge into the mid 20s that night with a high of 35 on Wednesday.

Elena said...

How did I not know about your Harley?! Oh I envy your weather. I've had to be satisfied w/ just turning my bike on to keep the battery juices running. All while looking out upon the snow.

Julie said...

AAAaarrrrgggghhhh! We're supposed to have a foot of snow this week. It isn't supposed to get bad until tomorrow night, but the emergency milk and bread crowd are out in force and it's nice to know that we're as indispensable as the grocery. This place has been hopping all day!