I try to embrace our Wisconsin winters. I commute in any weather Mother Nature throws at me. I ride my Schlick Northpaw fatbike for fun on the local mtb trails. I even get a kick out of putting together the perfect clothing for all conditions. But I am officially ready for spring. I have to work right through my family’s spring break, my wife is a teacher and my daughter is a Junior in high school, so we don’t have a trip planned somewhere warm this year to provide a brief escape.
Our weather the last handful of years seems to be getting harder and harder to plan on. Last year it was so warm on St. Patrick’s Day that I was riding without a coat or gloves. I looked up the weather, and it was 78 degrees when I took the photo to the right March 12th last year.
This year that four-leaf clover bell that Russell gave me is on our Schwinn Tandem, which we road to the free (and delicious) Irish Breakfast offered each year by my neighborhood Irish tavern, McBob’s. If you have not gone, they have the best corned-beef. I wore the same pair of green jeans, but I with temperatures in the upper 20s, I had long-johns on underneath, along with a coat and gloves.
OK, so we probably don’t have the right to expect 78 and sunny by mid March every year, but the average high for this time of year is traditionally around 50 degrees. I’d settle for or temps in the forties.
We are not the only ones experiencing this unseasonably cold weather. Perhaps my favorite race to watch is Milan San Remo. I like it because the scenery is so beautiful. I also get a vicarious bit of warmth watching the racers pedal past palm trees along the Mediterranean coast. Well, this year heavy snow forced the race organizers to close the Passo del Turchino. Riders had to get off their bikes and take their team buses to bypass the ascent and the race eventually restarted on the coast with 130km to San Remo. Needless to say the race coverage did not have the same appeal for me that it usually does.
I know, so there is not much we can do about the weather, but sometimes it does help to vent. Feel free to use the comment section below to complain along with me or tell me to quit my whining and keep pedaling!