It’s a lovely 50°F today. I went for a short walk at lunchtime and you could smell the melting snow. It’s a difficult smell to describe, but it’s oh so sweet after a cold winter.
To be sure, Old Man Winter isn’t through with us yet. That stupid groundhog can kiss my ass. It’s always another 6 weeks of winter here. I don’t think our average high temp in Albany touches 50 degrees until the end of March – which is about 6 weeks away. Go figure.
At least the ice jam at the end of my driveway is mostly gone, and while today is a pleasant one, the temps will drop back to normal (low 30s) by the weekend. The upside of course is hope. It’s this time of year when I think about equipment purchases for the upcoming road season: new tires, a pair of bibs, maybe a new jersey.
It also gives me a little added motivation on the trainer. There is always the motivation to maintain some fitness, keep my weight under control and sustain some sanity during the bleak months; but knowing that there is some light at the end of the tunnel makes it just a little bit easier.