It started snowing today and although I don’t think I’d cycle in snowy conditions with my road bike, I live in Vancouver where we only get snow for a couple of weeks out of the year, so there are still plenty of opportunities for me to cycle and commute during the cold winter months. The temperature has been hovering around zero lately and I still see plenty of cyclists out which really warms my heart! Please continue warming my heart. ;)
Why You Should Cycle in the Winter
1. You don’t sweat.
Well, you may if you are planning to hammer it but you will cool down and dry off almost immediately. I can bike to work in the cold and even do some hill training or HIIT sprints on the way and not have to shower right away because I don’t smell like a wet rag when I get to the office like I do during summer.
2. You won’t get tan lines.
3. You get to bundle up.
I don’t know about you but I love winter and fall fashion and that goes for workout gear as well. I love long sleeves and jackets and cycling in the cold means I get to put all that gear to use (because I usually never get a chance to wear them since I do a lot of gym-ratting in the winter).
4. It’s invigorating.
Cold showers are awesome for you so I’m sure cold bike rides are too (to some extent). Harhar. But really, there is something invigorating about riding in the frigid air. Commuting in the cold mornings really wakes you up and sets the tone for the day.
5. You feel really fucking awesome when you’re done.
You get to consume more delicious calories, you got to ride right by all those cars stuck in rush hour traffic, you just got an amazing workout while everyone was bundled up in their cars with their heaters on, you’re burning calories not fuel… how badass is that?