By: Tim Ek
Do I have extra air in my tires? Is the wind at my back? Have I lost weight? These were the questions that kept running through my mind as I tried to gain some understanding of why I was feeling so good, why I was flying.
As I glided up one of Duluth’s steep avenues with Lake Superior to my back and my eye on the summit, it occurred to me that I had approximately 6 pounds less clothing on my body, the sun was shining, and the temperatures hovered around 54 degrees Fahrenheit. This had to be the reason I felt like I had been blood doping for the last six months. What a difference the spring weather can make. After months of wearing enough clothes on each ride to equal a small family’s weekly laundry load, it felt amazing to have just the bare essentials on my back.
With warmer temps comes a warmer attitude, a lift to the spirit you might say. Don’t get me wrong I like riding in the winter, but I LOVE riding in the summer. When you live in the seasons like I do the spring time means something pretty special, at least to me. For one, it means you made it! Duluth is known for tough, long winters and when the snow starts to die away it means new life, not only for the plants and animals, but for those of us on our bikes every day.
Although, it may seem like you’ve made it, don’t be fooled. Usually, winter in the Northland has a little trick up it’s sleeve. Save room for the fact that this warm weather, this new beginning, could all be a ruse. Old Man Winter usually gets in one more bite just when you think he’s gone for good. So, don’t put the fatbike away yet, keep all those clothes handy and for now, leave the studs on.
See you in the sunshine!
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