Oh, Delicious Daylight

by Horacio March 06, 2015

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Inspiring words from our founder, scholar, and gear guru Zander Nosler as he ushers in the new season and another amazing year of riding bikes.

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March 8 is the official end/beginning of daylight savings time. And you know what that means.

Another hour of delicious daylight to spend on a bike, on a trail, or otherwise enjoying the outside!

During my 10 years in Seattle, the cherry blossoms or the increasing existence of daylight when I left work, were the most profound markers of the seasons. They meant the return of mountain biking and the possibility of after-work rides. Vitamin D! Those “fake out” days (when the sun shines to dry the damp Seattle winter for a moment) were the promise of good things to come.

No doubt some of you may scoff – “I ride in 2 feet of snow up hill both ways, wearing nothing but my XC race kit! ” – but hopefully all of you can relate to the elation of spring – of your favorite trails drying out/firming up, the days getting longer leaving more daylight for fun and adventure.

Now that I’m back in California, (and loving/hating this ridiculous winter) the seasonal stakes aren’t quite so high. I’ve moved from one end of the Seasonal Affective Disorder spectrum to the other (Alaska: 9.9% occurrence, Florida, 1.9%). No more phototherapy, supplements, therapeutic replacement sports, or impulsive trips south.

Being in California, I shouldn’t complain. In a wet winter, some of our trails get too mushy to ride, but there remain other options. And though it is darker, there are still plenty of sunny, dry days even during a wet California winter. So despite being good here, the extra hour of daylight still changes my riding schedule (currently from next-to-nothing to hoping-for-something!) The Cherry blossoms popping right around the corner here in Petaluma remind me it’s another year, another season. Long days are coming, get ready! Don’t take that California sunshine for granted!

For those of you out there in the darker portions of the north, or out in the east braving the snow and ice, hats off. I know what you’re going through. Everyone should live through that at some point because knowing a bitter cold winter makes the sweetness of spring one of the most delicious tastes of all.

Zander-M

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