We had a lovely summer, and I did a lot of riding outside, but now I'm facing that coming to an end. I live in Southern Alberta, so we get chinooks and other welcome reprieves from cold weather, but the fact is that from October to April, inclusive (yes, more than half the year), any week has the potential to be cold and miserable. We will get some more nice days, and I will try to take advantage of them as much as possible, I just can't count on them.
Every year I ride through the winter and it's really not that bad. The barn I board at has an indoor arena (a necessity), and I have good boots and and clothes for dealing with the cold temperatures (barn and arena aren't heated). However, most years when the first cold weather hits I go through a period where I just want to huddle at home and not face the elements. This problem is compounded by the fact that for the last couple years, Kachina has been much spookier and anxious inside than outside, so riding and even grooming/tacking up becomes less fun.
The growing darkness is also depressing. Being at a higher latitude means that we have such long days in the summer, but in another month I will be catching Kachina in darkness even if I go straight out from work.
This year, I am determined to crush the winter blues and ride as much as possible. It's the kind of thing where once I'm out at the barn it doesn't seem so bad, so I just need to get out there and do it.
My goal for October is to go out to the barn 5 days a week, rain, snow or shine, whether I feel like it or not. I'm also going to use 2pointober as motivation and try and work on my position as much as possible. Who's with me?!
Best of luck to you! Courage gets pretty stir crazy in the winter too. :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you. Ya, at least Kachina can still run around outside for now, but once it gets too icy for them to do much moving that will compound mattersDelete
I hate the dark. It is worse than the cold, because there is nothing more depressing than going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark. Good luck! And I'll be suffering in two point with you :)ReplyDelete
Agreed about the dark. Winter would be so much easier to take if we could still have daylight in the evenings. Also daylight savings sucksDelete
It's hard when it gets dark and cold to be motivated. But we Canadians are hardy. Right?ReplyDelete
We are! ;-)Delete
I just discovered your blog, I look forward to reading your stories
I'm trying to join in on your 5 day a week spirit but man... it's frickin cold. I'm going to buy myself a new winter jacket to inspire more riding I think hahaReplyDelete
I know, it's hard, I had good intentions to go out today but I saw the snow and chickened out, it's supposed to be ugly again tomorrow but I WILL ride no matter what.Delete
Sounds like a great reason to buy a new coat! I got a cosy wool sweater recently and that's what helped me go out to do other errands ;-)