Early this coming Sunday morning Daylight Savings Time(DST) begins. As you may remember DST used to begin the first weekend in April, but now it begins a month earlier. Depending on whether you are a morning or night person, this change is either good or bad. Regardless of how you feel, remember the old saying "spring forward and fall back."
What this means is that there will be one more hour of daylight at the end of the day. Of course, since time, as we know it, is finite, that also means that there is one hour less of daylight in the morning. This is where the good/bad situation comes into play. If you like to train in the evenings, this is a good thing. If you are a morning rider, this is a bad thing.
Just like all of you, I try to ride as much as possible even during the work week. Before DST begins, there simply isn't enough time to get out after work so I brought a bike to work and went out around lunchtime. I was able to get in some miles, but the real beginning of my season seemed to occur when DST started and I could take longer rides after work. Moving DST forward a month is a good thing for me.
The flip side of the change is that those who ride before work now have to head out when it is still probably light, but the temperature is definitely colder. I really do feel sorry for those folks, but when I am churning up my favorite climb after work with still an hour or two of sunlight that feeling fades a bit.
No matter how the DST change affects you, spring is just around the corner. Get out and ride!
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