You're right, Charlie. I don't have to work around a work schedule now.
But...I actually rode more when I was working.
A typical day was commuting down I-5 or I-405 to the south end of Seattle, then back north at the end of the day. Then riding out to either the Snohomish County Jail or Monroe Correctional Center (prison) about 20 miles away several times a week. It was pretty easy to get a minimum of 75 miles a day and sometimes more.
Because of the commute and the shorter time on the road using the HOV lanes, I'd push the riding past when many people would quit. 35-40F with rain was perfect. No issues at all with freezing conditions. I was lucky enough that when the temps dropped below freezing, it was often when a dry spell had occurred and the roads were only slick in spots. I commuted a few days with temps down to 16F...45 minutes each way. No heated gear back in those days. Just layers.
I learned that riding in the winter was really enjoyable. As enjoyable really as summer. You just had to dress for it.
One word of caution though. The side streets were often slick when the temps got near freezing, but I only had a mile or so of that. If I could navigate that, even keeping in the tire tracks when there was snow on the road, I would do okay once I got on the freeway. The number of cars and heat from them would raise the temperature a couple degrees and all would be well.
Except one commute. I came off the freeway down at Boeing Field south of Seattle. And what I saw ahead of me scared me totally. The road ahead was covered with thick hoar frost
. It was also an overpass with an S-curve that descended to the side streets below. Tapping on the brakes, only led to skidding so I had to rely on engine braking. I was scared that if I dropped the bike, it and I would go over the guardrail on that overpass. My guardian angel was working overtime and I only slid a wee bit as I came to the first curve...then I still had to make it downhill to the second curve. I think God still has something in mind for me, because I'm still around.