Cold Weather Riding Is Like Dating
On My Mind, Miscellaneous Thoughts
As I get older, I am less amused by riding in extreme conditions, such as pouring rain, freezing cold, or after two hours of sleep. I CAN. I just don’t WANT to. I don’t think aging brings limits as much as it brings an increasing list of things up with which I will not put.
So, I have been trying to decide my lower limit for cold weather riding. Half my age is still extreme. I’m 56 years old. I’m not riding at 28 degrees. Who am I kidding.
Yes, yes, it’s cold where you live. You are laughing at me as you trudge to the barn, in the snow, uphill both ways. I’ve lived in cold places. I’ve ridden in lessons where the instructor disappears under a pile of coats as we shed them. In those climates, the buildings, the barns, the clothes, the footing, all the necessities and amenities of life are designed for unfriendly temperatures. I’m sure my numbers would be different if I lived in a state that didn’t freak out at the sight of the first snowflake. But I digress.
Dating rules – so I hear – place a lower limit at half your age plus seven. That works. That means riding at 35 degrees and above. No longer freezing. With a sunny day and low wind, I might get in a nice hack before my toes file a protest.
What is your lower limit, either for riding or dating?
Thank you for reading,