I'm here to tell you that that's the absolute truth. I've lost a lot of fitness because of my unwillingness to ride in the cold and rain.
|This hill would have been a piece of cake two months ago. Last Saturday, not so easy....|
For me, this reinforced the idea that "distance, not speed" is the correct way to ride.
I bought the road-ish bike in part because it's zippy and I wanted to ride longer distances at higher speeds. Last year, riding the road-ish bike, I did a forty-five mile course that I had previously ridden on the tour-ish bike. And I completed the course in much less time than on my first effort, because the road-ish bike is just so darn zippy. And it was much less satisfying than the first time I rode it. That could have been because I'd already done it once, but I don't believe so. I think it's because I wasn't riding it slowly enough to enjoy it. I didn't slow down for all the beautiful natural scenery. There were no pauses to take pictures. Excited by the speed I was able to travel at, I didn't stop to talk to people at the rest stops.
And now I realize that while the road-ish bike is quite nice, it might not be an appropriate bike for me. Yes, it's zippy -- but despite its zippiness, it doesn't have that "wheeeee!" factor that the tour-ish bike has. It's also not quite the hill climber that the tour-ish bike is.
So...the road-ish bike (2017 Surly Straggler) might be going up for sale; rack, fenders, Panaracer Paselas and extra stem included. I'm going to try and sell it by networking, because I don't really like selling via Craigslist or eBay. It'll take longer, but that's ok. It'll give me more time to pick out a replacement. Maybe a nice light touring style bike with 650B wheels. Maybe something old school with rim brakes and friction shifters. Or maybe nothing.