Winter is a great time to cycle or run. Really.

I hear many people bemoan winter and the idea that they can’t get outside to exercise, or work in the yard, or … (fill in the blank).  In Texas we only have two seasons:  now and later.  Most of the winter weeks have many days that are perfectly suited to outdoor activity, including fitness walks, runs and rides.

As the new year was spooling up slowly there were days I could sneak out of the office early and was able to make a few rides on the bicycle recently. For example, the 33 mile loop through Bertram  GPSies - Bertram 33 mile loop from Burnet

David and Don at the old iron bridge near Joppa

Notice the Blue Bell sign? 😉

which was done with Don Bynum and David Nantz

and then there was the 22.5 mile trek out to Oatmeal and back (see GPSies - CR330 to Oatmeal, looping back to Burnet) out in the area SE of Burnet which Don and I did.  All beautiful rides on days that did not exceed 60 degrees.

Then the “super ride” on New Year’s Eve where Don and I attempted our Century Ride and we made a half-century in tough terrain. GPSies - 2010 Attempt at a Century Ride BTW, the GPSies site — for which you see the cute logo — is an interesting site for both uploading routes and tracks, and for finding good riding or running routes.

Don and Gil approach Prairie Mountain school

We departed in about 48 degree weather, overcast, and I don’t think it ever got over 60 that day although we did make for a bit of a sweat. That ride has been thoroughly written up elsewhere both in this blog and on Don’s, which you’ll find referenced in my article.

The point is, don’t let “ol’ man winter” stop you from getting outside and moving those corpuscles!


About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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