Today was foretasted as a beautiful days, at its peak it was meant to hit 55º and be the gorgeous Carolina Blue skies that I love dearly! When I left my house this morning at 8am, it wasn’t close to 55º and I would bet it was closer to 20º in the shade.
Why am I telling you all this?
Never Under Dress on Your Bicycle
My upper body was warm, I decided to wear a long sleeve jersey and my team thermal wind-stop jacket. I didn’t wear long pants, nor warm gloves figuring that knee warmers and tall wool socks plus long fingered gloves would cut it.
It didn’t. 3/4 through the ride my right foot was numb and my legs had the burn of the cold. I didn’t complain, I did go slower but I didn’t complain to my riding partners.
As I entered the shower, I didn’t realize how cold I really was. I looked down at my bare naked legs and could see exactly the areas that my knee warmers or socks didn’t cover. There was a 3″ line between my socks and knee warmers and again around my hip area that looked like a sunburn, and god did it hurt when the warm water hit it. I quickly shout out for a camera from my girlfriend to take a picture of my legs. I didn’t need to hurry her as the lines are still there 6 hours later.
Windburned Cycling Legs
I’ve never done this one before, and I can promise you I never will again.