Well today I was given a challenge (not unlike most days).
Objective: Go to the bank.
Challenge: It is 16F degrees.
Challenge: No driving.
I knew it was cold, but just wasn’t sure how cold it was until I started riding. I put on all my snowboarding gear (gloves and helmet) and when I did this in the house, I thought…”Oh this is silly”. When I got out on the bike, I thought “I am SO glad I put this stuff on”.
I figured it was only about 3 miles there. I do that easily in the summer all the time, no problem.
Holy cow! My lungs hurt so bad by the first 1/2 mile or so I thought I was going to die. I figured this may have been because I was out of shape, but…no…It has to be the cold air. I ride miles upon miles in the summer and don’t ever have that much trouble…ever. I made it to my destination and back, but it was pretty intense. At one point I had the thought that my lungs were totally screwed and “if I died at least I have my wallet so they would know who I am”.
Maybe I over-reacted a bit, but it hurt…lol. I am back home now and feel pretty good to have gotten some exercise. I also have a new respect for the ability to drive a car and how easy it makes everything. Without a the use of a car in society you are truly hindered. I can still get stuff done, it just takes about 100 times more effort!
Also I had the thought. It will NEVER EVER EVER be this cold in Rincon.
Update: I had some other errands to do this afternoon. It was 40 degrees out and I figured I’d give it another shot. I went 9.5 miles, no problems. I’d say conclusively that my lungs did not like the cold..lol.