My ongoing musings about bicycling.
If you'd like to know how I got started read my first post in the December 2006 Archives.
To find out what a Ludwig is, see below.
Monday, February 05, 2007
It's The Wind Not The Cold
Regardless of how cold it is there is always someone taking a picture of the famous "Rocky" steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then often running up them. I saw this on Sunday morning and I wouldn't be surprised if I would have seen it today, too, but I wouldn't have snapped a picture for fear the even a moment out of my gloves would have been dangerous.I rode this morning with the temperature at around 5 degrees with a windchill well below zero. I really had no problem with the cold, though I added another layer around my ears and legwarmers over my knickers under my winter outer pants. No problem. The problem is the wind. At certain points it reduced me to the lowest gears I've ever used around the trail and, therefore, my ride took longer than usual. I am not much of a scientist, but I will never understand how the wind can be directly in my face whether I'm going in one direction out or the other direction back in.
I am a 64 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy. I have also published two books of poetry and have recently become an avid cyclist along with my wife of 40 years.
I write two blogs, Bicycle-Musings and Pipe Pulpit.
In the news section of one of his early Fredcasts David told the story of one Ludwig from Znnin Poland who at 84 years of age went out for a ride on his bike. To make a longer story short (and you really should listen to the podcast to get all the details) Ludwig ended up in London, England! So I figure if (again, according to the explanation on The Fredcast #1) a Fred is someone who not only rides a bike but is severely attracted to the gadgets and accessories of a certain bike-cultural look (and I guess I'm a Fred without the financial resources to really express my Fredness) then a Ludwig could be anyone over the age of 55 who is not only a Fred, but also loves to just keep riding eating up the miles pretty much unconcerned with speed. Go Ludwig! I'm a Ludwig. Maybe someday I'll figure out podcasting and do a Ludwigcast.