This year has started off very tough for cycling. The weather has not cooperated with sub freezing temps and snow. I was not even able to do my birthday miles. I had a 2 day window of doable weather to ride but, unfortunately, I came down with a severe cold that left me house bound for quite a few days. Since then nothing but more cold, wind, snow, and freezing rain. Today the sun peaked out in the afternoon and temps were below freezing. I had enough and decided to take the Rocket out for a quick 16 miler. After not riding for 2 weeks I found myself way out of shape. The never ending snow is melting leaving rivers of water. I may end up putting fenders on the Rocket. After returning home and cleaning up the bike and myself, I was glad I had the opportunity to get out. Tomorrow the weather again begins to change and more snow and colder temps are predicted. If not for other commitments, I would be heading south for a bicycle retreat.