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Chilly Central Florida morning, but come on guys…

Saturday, February 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

February
14
2015

It’s a cold morning for Central Florida: as I type this we’re a single degree above freezing, and the “Feels Like” temperature will be below freezing when I’m on my bike (especially with the fairly strong winds out of the north).

Anyone complaining about riding in the cold here in Central Florida needs to meditate on this image until they come to their senses.

Anyone complaining about riding in the cold here in Central Florida needs to meditate on this image until they come to their senses.

Work has restricted my daily rides to about an hour all week long, and I’m desperately in need of some real miles this morning. The cold weather is not going to keep me off my bike! I’ll be rolling out at 7:00 AM sharp, and will be joined by a few other friends who realize that 33°F isn’t that bad, especially compared to the conditions elsewhere in the country.

Today’s planned route is fairly short, so I’ll be extending it to a little over 100 kilometers (about 64 miles). At least one friend will be joining me for the extra mileage. 🙂

Because cold mornings like this one are not too common here, I don’t have a great deal of cold weather riding gear. I’ve got a set of light arm and leg warmers, and an old pair of full-finger riding gloves, but that’s about it. I wish I had some neoprene shoe covers, and perhaps a light cycling jacket. That cold air really cuts through the Lycra, and the first couple hours of this ride are going to be a tad uncomfortable.

I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!

John Stone Fitness Comments

3 Responses to “Chilly Central Florida morning, but come on guys…”
  1. Yep – “cold” is a relative term. A couple of weeks ago I messaged a friend to meet up for a ride on a chilly morning. I supposed that with the sun out it would warm up some during the route. I was turned down as it would be “only 45 degrees” at my proposed start time. Sheesh. Ending up riding on my own that day.

    Like you I live in a fairly warm part of the country but have recently acquired a long sleeved winter weight jersey and riding pants plus a lightweight nylon cycling jacket and gloves. That has helped a lot and I find I don’t need much else (although the shoe covers would be nice!).

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  2. I live in North Dakota and there are a few people that I know that ride all year here. I saw someone out yesterday riding when it was -5F with the windchill. Just have to bundle up a bit.

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