Think Spring

This morning I shoveled the slushy detritus pushed into my driveway from this morning’s snowplow.  When I was done, I looked up to see what has become two huge towers of snow.  One side is at least 6½ feet tall, the other nearly so.

These behemoths have been tall enough to affect both the view when entering/exiting the road and trash pickup since the first week of January.  So why am I thinking spring now?

Well for starters tomorrow is forecast to bring heavy rain and 40°+ temps, along with above-freezing highs for the rest of the week (mostly).  More importantly, I ventured to my LBS yesterday and ordered up my tires for the year.  A nice pair of Continental GP 4000s (700×25).  I settled for Gatorskins last year.  Never again.

All of this makes me so very hopeful that Spring will be here soon.  March is here in two days, and that is always a good sign.  I just have to stay focused on the trainer and stay disciplined on what I eat.  I am optimistic for this year’s rides.



  1. #1 by chrisfit2009 on February 28, 2011 - 5:29 am

    What’s wrong with gatorskins?

    • #2 by mildstallion on February 28, 2011 - 9:18 am

      For me, it was how they compared to the 4000s. I think the Gatorskins sacrifice a lively road feel for better flat protection. My first thought when I used the Gatorskins was that they were underinflated – they felt mushy.

      I know that there are people who swear by them and there are enough of them not to ignore, but for me the 4000s just performed so much better. Also, I had gone nearly 3 years previous with no flats on them.

  2. #3 by Richard Masoner on March 31, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Eat yer heart out, Al. High of 85 today in San Jose, CA. I’m skipping work early to ride!

    • #4 by Al on March 31, 2011 - 1:28 pm

      Heartless! I’ll think of witty retorts while I’m on the trainer.

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