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Snowy ride

Today was a first in my time as a commuter cyclist in Memphis: I biked to work in the snow!  Granted, there was little accumulation on the ground at the time, maybe an inch or two, and the roads were mostly clear, just a little slush on the shoulders.  But still, nothing I’ve experienced as a commuter cyclist compares to biking into driving snow.  By the time I got to school, after about 20 minutes on my bike, the lenses of my glasses were almost completely covered in snow and ice.  I should have wiped them off before I got to my office but I wanted to take a picture of the full accumulation.  You can see that picture and a few others below.

What makes me laugh a bit is how days like today create an ever-widening gap between how I see myself and how others see me.  I’ve never been particularly athletic or competitive with others.  The last time I played a team sports was in middle school.  The sporadic exercise that happened in the interim years was largely voluntary and solitary.  For me, biking around town is not a way of proving my manhood or testing myself against Mother Nature – it’s just what I do.

And yet, after I posted the picture of me at the end of my ride on my facebook profile, the responses were overwhelming. “Impressive” read one.  “You are an inspiration” claimed another.  A former student went so far as to say that he will never be the man I am.  OK, well … maybe, maybe not.  I’m not sure how to quantitatively measure manliness, but I guess biking in the snow bumps me up a bit on that scale.

Whatever the case, here are those pictures.  Enjoy.

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New record

I was really excited when I watched the local news last night.  The weather guy was predicting a really cold night here in Memphis.  This means that I would have a really cold ride to work this morning.  And the weather did not disappoint.

This is a screenshot I took with my iPhone as I was leaving for work.

Yep, 18º Fahrenheit.  Pretty frickin’ freezing.  Actually, the bike ride was not that bad.  My knee has been bugging me so I rode rather slowly, but when I got to work I was feeling rather toasty.  Comfortable even.  (Read more here about my cold-weather biking gear.)

I can’t say I’ll be disappointed when the weather warms up in the spring, but I am enjoying these frigid temperatures while they’re here.


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