The solstice was a week ago. I feel like most cyclists realize the significance of that. Days getting longer mean we are getting that much closer to race season, does that mean winter is over? Hell no it doesn't. The summer is far from here and I haven't been outside on a bike besides getting to and from work in over a week. Even when we get to 'race season', March in Vancouver, our training races are still weighed down with lots of rain, cold winds and waking up while it's still very dark outside. That said I keep looking at my race bike hanging up and getting lusty for cold, wet windy training races.
Hanging beside the Trek is my Bonavia Track race bike. One thing that is getting me through this month of trainer sessions is knowing that I'm for the first time getting a track membership. This is my fifth season of racing at the track, and the first time I'll be an official member, even it is only for 3/4 of the year. The membership, combined with a recently renewed license to drive a car, means that just about any intervals I'll have to do throughout the remainder of Winter and the start of Spring are going to be done on an actual bicycle, more importantly I'll be dry through the entire process. Plus, I'll get to ride my damn fine track bike. I still don't understand why many cyclists I know with the means to join the track don't take a greater advantage of it.
I won't lie, there isn't much else to report from winter training right now. I spend most of my time on the trainer, the rest of my time outside of work is spend scheming how I can get to Hawaii in February. I'm also still trying to figure out getting some time where I can actually do creative projects again. It's pretty dang hard. But making the time for it is always worth the effort like anything else you enjoy I guess.