This little blog is supposed to be about the BG and I cataloguing our adventures, both in and out of the kitchen. Â Well, if I didn’t have a mini-adventure on Saturday, I don’t know what it was.
Earlier this week, I told you the BG got me a bike for Christmas. Â Since we live in NC and spent the holidays in Mississippi/Alabama he couldn’t actually give me my bike on Christmas morning. Â We had to go pick it up from Bike Source when we got back in town last weekend, really only giving me Sunday afternoon to play with it. Â So we’ve been plotting all week to make time for a ride today. Â While it wasn’t actually cold in the Queen City last weekend, there was enough of a chill in the air to give the wind a bite when I picked up any kind of speed. Â So, my stipulation for any further winter riding was that I would get what I deemed a “wind shirt.” Â (In my mind this is some sort of wind minimizing shirt to help cut back on stinging headwinds, not just a fleece.)
It’s Saturday, so of course BG and I slept in a little later than we really intended. Â Once up and running, we headed out to R.E.I. to see what kind of wind-minimizing cycling gear they might have in stock. Â I found the PERFECT shirt/jacket! Â (I was going to share the link, but I can’t find my jacket on the website.) It’s called the Novara Headwind Bike Jacket. Â It blocks wind up to 35 mph, has a detachable hood that can cover my ears but won’t block my peripheral vision, has 4 pockets – two of which are zippered for holding my phone, etc. while cycling, and is extra long in the back so it won’t ride up and leave my lower back exposed to the elements while I’m leaning over towards the handlebars. Â Oh, and the BEST part is it’s grey and purple – so it matches my bike. 🙂
What? Â Sporty girls need to coordinate too.
Now, I mentioned that it wasn’t coldÂ during our brief ride last weekend, just chilly when we caught wind as we picked up speed. Â That same statement was NOT true of Charlotte today. Â The high today was forecasted to be 37*!
We got home from shopping around 11:30a. Â Excited to play with my new bike and put my new jacket to good use, I ran upstairs and immediately changed into my biking gear. Â I was ready to go within minutes. Â I can not say the same thing for my man. Â I’m not sure what he was doing, but I had time to do all the dishes in the sink before he was ready. Â About 45 min later we were BOTH finally geared up and ready to go. Â So we ran downstairs, grabbed our bikes, open the garage door, and what do we see…
SNOWFLAKES! Â Big, fat, chunky snowflakes falling from the sky.
I looked at him. Â He looked at me. Â “Are we really gonna do this?” he asked. Â “Well, I do have new shirt,” I replied. Â So off we went.
I’m pleased to report that my new Novara Headwind Jacket worked brilliantly! Â I am especially pleased with the hood that kept my ears so warm. Â If the jacket had not had that option I would not have been able to stand it. Â My ears always hurt really badly in cold wind. Â But not today! Â The one little chink in my cold weather cycling armor – fingerless riding gloves. Â Within the first half mile, my fingers were SO COLD that they hurt. Â Not just pain. Â That weird freezing, burning kind of pain.
Since we were headed towards East Blvd, BG suggested that we swing in the Alpine Ski Center and see what sort of gloves they might have that would be appropriate for cycling. Thankfully they had a suitable pair and, like my new jacket, I think they’ll come in handy when we head to Park City, UT next month.
By this time, it’s after 1pm and my breakfast has long since worn off. Â I suggested to BG that we take a small break for lunch and defrosting. Â We agreed to pop into our favorite burger joint, Big Daddy’s Burger Bar, for just that since we knew we could sit on an enclosed and heated patio, keeping our bikes near by.
(Please excuse the helmet hair and poorly lit pic taken with my iPhone camera.)
This place has a great beer selection and even better burgers. Â The downside to that is it is ALWAYS hopping! Â We’ve never been there when we didn’t have some kind of a wait. Â (That being said, it is a MUST if you are in Charlotte and craving a good burger. ) The wind may have been blowing while we were riding, but at least we were generating body heat. Â I thought I would turn into a grape popsicle before we were seated.
We split a Western Burger since we didn’t want to ride home with overly full tummies. Â He had some Tater Tots and I had about half a serving of sweet potato fries. Â Not very healthy but so, so yummy!
Lunch down, we now had to brave the 35* temps, sans snowflakes, for the ride back home. Â The temp had dropped a couple of degrees since we left our house.
All in all, we were only out in the frigid temps for about 2 hours. Â If that’s not sporty, I don’t know what is! Â There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have even considered going biking on a sunny, but freezing day like today. Â Get me, I’m growing as a person. Â In fact, BG told me that with the “mini-camping” I did for my Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk, my new found love of cycling, and my plans to go skiing for the first time next month, he thinks I’m in the midst of a “sporty revolution.”
You know what? Â I think he may be on to something!