The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Fall has arrived and it’s changed the way I ride. I know a lot of people enjoy the change of seasons, especially in Colorado, but I don’t look forward to it. There is less opportunity to get out on the bike.
Fall cycling can be somewhat of a challenge. There are many things to compete with. The weather, especially the temperature. The days are so short, it can be hard to find time to get in a long ride. And paths and roads can be covered in leaves obscuring obstacles and debris.
While the cooler temperatures can be intimidating, with the right clothing the cold can be a nice compliment any ride. Lucky here in Colorado sunshine is something we can usually look forward to and it can make a chilly ride feel comfortable.
Fall also brings the opportunity introduce cross training, so that next season is even better. This year I plan to continue with strength training, but also incorporate swimming and running. Swimming has be proved to be more of a challenge than I thought (not that I thought it was going to be easy). And taking time off of running over the summer has made getting back into difficult. This will hopefully lead to a triathlon, a new challenge here in the near future.