Let’s run down the conditions of Michigan cycling for the past week shall we:
More Rain: Check and Double Check (actually lets check that 7 times)
More Cold: Let’s go ahead and check that bad boy 7 times as well.
More Wind: Again let’s go ahead and check that 7 times as well.
It has been miserable in a good way for the past week. Bone chilling cold, driving rain, toes and ears frozen…and I just can’t get enough. When ever I think of misery I think back to my Fire Academy days in North Carolina. We were doing PT out on the asphalt with the front edge of a Hurricane bearing down on us with wind and rain that was driving so hard it would sting your face. Didn’t matter we were going to crank out those thousands of pushups with the extra 40 pounds on our back from the SCBA’s . “This is not misery gentlemen!” Our instructor was a beast of a human who had a sick fascination with making us puke from physical overexertion. “Misery is being trapped in a burning basement and not having the physical fortitude to get your own sorry backsides out of it!” I tend to disagree, I have been in a burning basement with the roof collapsing on my head and comparatively speaking I would take that over pushing asphalt for hours on end in the middle of a hurricane….that’s just me though.
So it has been miserable, not quite as miserable as a thousand or so pushups or a burning house but misery takes so many forms. I don’t mind the cold so much as I mind summer heat. I add a few more layers on and hit the road. The main problem has been my feet. I have some nice thermal riding pants, the wool jersey, the thermal base layers….its the feet I cant get a handle on. I switched from my highly ventilated road shoes to my MTB shoes that have a bit more insulation but after a fair distance the same numbness sets in. I saw some insulated riding shoes that boast their ability to repel the wet and cold of rides…time to visit Jeff and see what we can do to alleviate the problem.