The Holiday Season is upon us and ’tis the season all “with it” ladies ask themselves the important question, “what should I wear?” On today’s training bike ride, that is. I mean, it’s nearly time to roll and the temperature’s barely over freezing. Brrr.
I know what you Northerners are thinking. Rrap Aicila, you doofus, just wear lots of layers and your good cold weather gear so you stay warm. So simple.
Hah! Not when your heading out for a long one and the forecasted high for the day is in the high 60′s. Different story, right? I don’t know how many layers you can fit in those jersey pockets, but there is a limit, particularly if you’re wearing one of those special “made for ladies” jerseys where the pockets are only half size.
What is up with that, by the way? It’s like the people that decided that women’s clothing doesn’t require pockets at all, or, at best pseudo pockets that have the lovely fashion effect of looking like a pocket without the handy enclosed area to carry actual items, have had undue influence on what should be practical workout wear. I guess I should be thankful we get pockets at all or the darn things aren’t sewn shut. “Look honey. I got you a nice real looking cycling jersey with realistic pocket shaped areas in the back. You’ll look almost like a real athlete.” Yes, at least we get pockets big enough to carry our lipstick and powder compact.
So. Thinking ahead, I wore one of my Performance brand jereys with reasonable sized pockets. Enough room to carry some food & goo, cell phone and fit the head warmer & arm warmers when things thawed out a little. The leg warmers get tied around the seat post and tucked into the space between the saddle rails and saddle bag. I got it down to a science. I’m sure riding with leg warmers around my seat post makes me look cool too. Oh, yeah.
So that’s how to dress for a 30 degree temperature change.
- 93.4 miles in 5 hrs 4 minutes move time.
- Nearly 7200 feet elevation gain.
- Start/Finish temp= 36 deg, 66 deg.