One of the great things about living in a climate with four seasons is that there is always something to look forward to. There are always promises made to the inner self. I can't tell you how many times I've been in a state of panic, due to frozen extremities and said this to myself, "I promise that when summer comes I will take time on a ride to absorb and appreciate the warmth for just a minute…I promise I will". I've kept those promises for the most part, but let's be honest…when the "dog days of biking" come around one can't help but start thinking, "Man, it's hot!". Living in northern Minnesota has kept me from ever saying that phrase out loud, but I have said it when I'm in a different state. I happen to be a believer in Karma and I really wouldn't want Minnesota to 'pay me back' in the winter for thinking that our summers are too hot.
So, if you're from a climate with big seasons, don't fall victim to the "dog days of biking". Get out there and soak it all up.
Couches were made for winter, Lycra was made for sweat. Enjoy your bike, the scenery, and don't forget to stop, look up at the big blue sky and say "Thank you". Your next ride is always waiting for you, no matter what the temperature.
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Tim (Eki) Ek
Tim Ek was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., and still calls it home. He’s always had a passion for competition and seeking his own extremes. Tim's true love is the woods: Out in the wild is where he clears his head and finds his peace, and he prefers getting there by bike. Tim Ek: The Eki Chronicles, ekichronicles2.kinetic-fitness.com