I keep seeing pictures of riders out trying to train and ride in the slush and snow and it sure is nice to be able to relax and not worry or stress at all about the weather these days. I get out and ski or lift when I can, but so far I haven't thought too much about a serious training plan, the trainer is still collecting dust and if all goes well, it will continue to do so for a while yet. I have no intentions of getting on the brain drain while the snow keeps coming down. I think it makes more sense to run our seasons in midwest later into the year and start later in the spring than we do. I just checked out the new Wisconsin road racing schedule for '08 and the first race is April 5, but every year those first races are just miserable and cold with mostly poor turnout so I can't figure out why we don't race into August and September and start racing in May when it finally is decent out to train and race. The season in Wisconsin mostly ends in July after superweek, there are only two races on the schedule after superweek which just seems messed up since that is when our weather is the best.
I think the cross season is going to start earlier this year in the US, but I still think all the road racers training in this weather have it way worse than anyone training for the cross season. Everyone always talks about how cross racers love it cold and miserable, but think about how nice it is while they are putting in the bulk of their training, it's 70 and sunny out, I think cross racers might actually have it figured out!