I've been able to run without any problems in the cold - just bundle up and get moving. I can only run every other day though, more than that and it puts too much stress on my knees. I need to get out on the bike but it's been just too cold!
|Carol and me on one of those ridiculously cold rides.|
My cutoff for temperature is usually 32 degrees - as long as it's sunny. 32 degrees with overcast skies is a completely different animal. I use "hot hands" in the toes of my booties and in my gloves when I ride in cold weather, but sometimes it still doesn't help. I need the weather to warm up, just a little bit. I've had two of those really, really cold rides this season. The last one found me sick for a couple days afterwards. Now, I'm gun shy.
So today, it was finally warm enough to ride - so The Usual Suspects rode in the afternoon. Where was I?? Working. Sigh.....
By the time I get back on my bike all of my cycling fitness will probably be completely gone. I can also tell that I haven't ridden much lately because the muscles above my right knee are really hurting when I run. Cycling keeps the muscles around the knee strong, especially the Vastus Medialis Oblique or VMO. This is one of the main muscles that power your bike. It also helps stabilize the knee joint. I had knee surgery on my left knee back in 2002, and when I'm not riding consistently I can really tell in my left knee.