When it comes to riding in the winter, it pays to plan for winter rides instead of summer rides. Sure, in the summer you might crank out weekend 50-milers no problem, but the winter cold and rain can put a damper on your desire to ride. What happens when you plan a 50-miler but can’t hack it on a blustery day? Your attitude changes. You beat yourself up.

Set Realistic Expectations

When you set realistic expectations, you’re more likely to fulfill your goal, and maybe even go beyond. Cut yourself some slack and be realistic in the winter: You’re just not going to ride as far, as fast or as often. Set the bar a little lower, and strive to go beyond your expectations for yourself.

Share Your Wisdom

How does your riding change in the winter? What do you do to stay on top of your rides? Share your ideas in the comments below.