MARCHING ON

One more week of bus driving and then Spring Break to wrap up the month. I had hoped we were nearly done with the bad weather but today its been non stop blowing snow and about 4″ still on the rail as evening approaches.

An enforced no cycling day today and probably nothing much in the next couple until it melts. So that was Sunday 18th, and Monday was no better with temps at 30F and not even making freezing!! Tuesday it looks a bit better but at only 37F, and with a biting wind, I return cold and hypothermic after just 14.74 miles but ……. as they say

Wednesday and with early release the temps only make 39F  before I can achieve anything  its time to get back to work. Maybe tomorrow which is supposed to make 63F !!!!!

Thursday and indeed much nicer and despite a late start I get out there in demi pleasant conditions at 55F and hardly any wind. Time beats me today but the 18.33 I did takes me over  the 740 mark.

Beware the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing !!

Friday, a very strange day as the temp is 51F at 0530 as I drive to work. It rains nearly all day and then becomes warm, sunny and very windy yet again!

Saturday and having dropped considerably behind my planned miles I need to get out there and get some in! Windy, but I push on and make 20.15 before its time to get ready for pool. Brenda’s day today and she runs out a GOOD 3rd.

Sunday 25th and 7 days left in the month and I would like to crack 900 before we move into April. Need 140 this week so my aim is to crack 20+ every day to give a little “insurance” in case of some nasty weather. Today goes well with a 27.76  so on track at the moment!

 

TONY DOWN

LIONS AND LAMBS

 

As we roll into March time to recall proverbs from English folklore and remember “In like a Lion out like a Lamb” or, vice versa, and up here at 7000′ in deepest Colorado the proverb is usually very much the vice versa variety.

Not been up there yet, but hopefully COMING SOON !

More often than not, and this year would seem to be no exception, the weather warms up, as it has this week, and then we are treated to “Bluebird Skiing Days” and warm 60+ spring like conditions through most of the month before a final snowstorm DUMP at the end of the calendar, usually in the last days of Spring Break.

Central Ave Dolores after a late March dump!!

A few “Lamb” days to start off the month and after being sidelined with cold and miserable conditions, not forgetting the bitter cold wind, I did manage to push on for a few more miles around the Equator.

How true !

So today, Sunday March 4th, we had a “forecast” Lion day and it really didn’t look that bad so I got a few more miles in although the wind was supposed to be gusting 35-50 mph. While I was out the cloud rolled in and it got colder and colder and of course the wind picked up.

Shortly after I got home the blizzard started and lasted a couple of hours and the temp shot down from 40 to 25F. Now early evening, temp down to 20F and the snow is settling. Score for the first 4 days of the month………..

3 Lambs, 1 Lion

Lets see what next week brings.

Monday, very much a “Lion” day, bitterly cold, with a nasty vicious blustery wind which nearly had me in hypothermia ….. and after 11.38 the body said this is ridiculous and we have had enough. It was so cold and windy it was blowing up my frock!

 

Tues-Thurs, 3 Lamb like days, still a bit of wind, but warm enough to get another 52 miles along the Equator without freezing  to the bars or pedals.

Friday and still windy but much warmer and the wind doesn’t feel as cold as it has been. Day off for me so a good lie in this morning then out there for a two part effort knocking up a pleasurable  39.32 on my giant circle ride of the Globe.

Still windy but doesn’t feel as cold

Saturday, a bit of a Northeasterly but I’m off to my 8 mile turn round point and well pleased with the ride until the last 3 miles where the wind hit me smack in the face. Never mind I make another 21.90 on the quest. The yearly total now stands at 605.41 so I’m 3 weeks ahead of last year’s tally but of course the weather could still shut me down at any time!

After the first 10 days of March the score is now Lambs 7 Lions 3 and on the Pool front a 1st at 9 ball and 3rd yesterday at 8 ball.

Sunday, clocks changed. Weather overcast with a threat of rain and not exactly warm at 38F. Don’t be a wimp!! Get out there and do something!

I did, despite being so cold and only 4 “lambish” days the week ground on and the yearly total climbed up to 707.65 in less than truly pleasant conditions. However, another 3rd place in 8 ball to wrap up the week.

Ides of March, gone, St Patrick’s Day, gone ……. and now another Lion rolls in with at least 4″ which is already on the rail!! ……… there will be NO CYCLING for the next couple of days but temps will be back up in the 50’s by mid week.

Final score Lambs going well with 2 weeks left

TONY DOWN