Yes, that's right, long live the 90 Day Winter Challenge! I have not forgotten about it after a week or so off due to illness, nor have I stopped. In fact, in order to keep the original intent of the challenge intact, I began the challenge all over again from day 1 on January 1st, 2018.
It seemed fitting to restart the challenge on the first day of the year, and it provided me a couple of extra days to rest. Another bonus is that it will end right as the spring season begins which hopefully means I will be in better shape for the first couple of races this year, at least that is the plan.
So as of today, February 1st, 2018, I am now 32 days into the challenge. January weather presents it's own unique challenges weather-wise to riding all winter long. This January has been especially odd and if you've followed along on the instagram feed you'd know there have been days for road riding, fat biking in the snow, biking in shorts?! and days where the trainer was the smart decision.
That last ride style, if you can call it a ride at all, is a new addition to the challenge. I have afforded myself the option to ride on the trainer one day per week if the weather is just down right terrible. For example, if it is 35 degrees (Fahrenheit), raining/freezing rain, windy and dark then it might be smart to sit that day out and go for a spin on the trainer. Zwift and Die Hard (for the 30th time) help with the boredom, but one day a week stuck in the basement is enough.
Anyways, I am rambling at this point so let me summarize the challenge updates:
- The challenge is on! (It began on 1/1/2018)
- One day per week trainer allotment
- Minimum of five miles per day (outside)
- Minimum of 10 miles per day on the trainer
- No whining (goes without saying)
I hope some of you that are reading along have been motivated to do something similar, or maybe even the exact same challenge. I can honestly say it has helped cure me of the usual winter blues. My family and I have gotten outside much more than in years past and have had many fun (even though often small) adventures and created more memories we can look back on and smile about for years to come and isn't that the point of adventures in the first place?
Thanks for reading, be sure to have a look around the website, consider donating to Make A Wish (link on the home page) and have fun out there!