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Stupid, crazy or wimp....Sundays ride.......(17 posts)

Stupid, crazy or wimp....Sundays ride.......K-Man
Nov 18, 2002 6:23 AM
Conditions:
Remenants of the Nor-Eastern in Pennsylvania
Temperature in the lower 40's
Raining semi-lightly

Really really want to ride since I was planning on riding both Saturday and Sunday....Weather conditions blew that all to H3ll. Looking outside Sunday as the family was leaving for a few hours and said tomyself that it wasn't raining all that hard.....GOING TO RIDE!

Got all geared up and left around 9:30am was soaked before I left my development, face was cold as when riding the rain seems to come down twice as hard. Said to myself "what the heck am I doing, I'll probably just get real sick from todays ride and not be any good for a ride next weekend when hopefull the weather will be better". Turned around and went home to do some work on the house. Total ride time, about 10 minutes.

So am I Stupid/crazy for even attempting to ride
or a wuss for turning around?

KMan
Wuss ;)....SS_MB-7
Nov 18, 2002 6:41 AM
Our weekly 'cross race was cancelled yesterday due to a blizzard which dumped ~12" of snow. I was all ready to race on Sunday, but had to face reality that the season might be finished.

As I sat depressed looking out the kitchen window having my breakfast, I decided to still ride. I gathered-up my winter riding garb, kissed the wife and kids goodbye and headed-out to the trails with my SS MTB.

The hardest part was the snow covered road to the trails.....very, very slippery. Once on the trails, it was still very tough going, albeit, not as slippery.

The trails were completely covered in very deep, powdery snow which made riding tough, but fun. It was like riding through sand/mud....you had to maintain a steady, even pedal stroke. Any sudden bursts and your rear wheel would spin-out. Steering also needed to be subtle. I was only out for ~1 hr and my legs were burnin'!

I came across several dog-walkers and XC-skiers on the trails and each gave me the "WTF" look. I loved it!

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
NeitherStampertje
Nov 18, 2002 6:41 AM
You are core for even attempting to ride and a wise man for turning around. I've ridden in nasty weather before but the last time I rode through heavy rain it wiped me out for four days. If you have company and it's not raining too hard a bad weather ride can be a lot of fun (and hot chocolate and rum afterwards even more so) but there's no point punishing yourself for no gain.
re: Stupid, crazy or wimp....Sundays ride.......mainframe
Nov 18, 2002 6:59 AM
It's just a matter of choice but certainly not a self-defining decision. Heck, I enjoy riding a much as anyone and generally ride hard when I do yet, if the weather is a negative, I simply do something else. I never turn riding into a quest.
Wuss ;-)Psalm 147-10_11
Nov 18, 2002 7:03 AM
I went out yesterday in the remnants of the NorEaster too. I'm in MA and the temps were in the low 40s when it stopped raining about 2pm. I geared up, kissed my wife goodbye (she thought I was nuts) and headed out the door. No sooner did I get to the end of the driveway then it started to drizzle again. Bummer.

I've put about 10 pounds on in the last month so I continued on. Ended up riding only about 45 minutes. It was mostly a good ride until the rain started to make its way down my neoprene booties and into my shoes. Wow, was it cold!!! At that point I bailed out and took a shortcut home.

Took me about 45 minutes to warm up after I got home, but I'm glad I went. All in all, it beat watching the Pats lose to the Raiders.
re: Once you've bundled up, gone out, got the bike wetdzrider
Nov 18, 2002 7:23 AM
Ride til you can't stand it. I only lasted to the first checkpoint at a brevet in similar conditions last Spring, but a some riders didn't show up at all and most of the ones who started did the whole 300k. I just hate to turn around after only a few minutes knowing I haven't done enough riding to justify the effort of bundling up and cleaning the bike.
You were both -- and smart, too...ms
Nov 18, 2002 7:28 AM
I was not able to ride on the Saturday before last (11/8), the last good weekend day we have had in Maryland, because of a family commitment. I did some time on the trainer but not too many miles outside during the last two weeks. By yesterday, I had cabin fever and rode 30 miles in cold rain. You were not crazy for attempting to ride -- if you feel the need to ride, you should go for it. However, I also can say after riding 30 miles in yesterday's weather, you were not a wuss for turning around. I almost slipped and fell on wet tar, my bike had all kinds of dirt on it and I came home very cold and tired. You have to do what feels right to you, whether that is riding when no one else is willing to do so or staying home with a book or in front of the television when you want to do so.
Only stupid, crazy etc if you don't learn from this.MB1
Nov 18, 2002 7:47 AM
We rode 50+ miles in 50 degree rain on Saturday and the same on Sunday in colder rain without a real problem since we were well prepared for the conditions. We had full fenders with mud flaps, gore-tex jackets and pants, helmet covers, waterproof booties, helmet visors and more.

So....if you think you will want to ride in iffy conditions (and it seems to me like you do) you need to have the equipment to make it reasonable to be outdoors in crummy weather.

Me, I had a lot of fun this weekend and we really enjoyed the empty roads and trails (there was almost no one else out). We wouldn't have enjoyed it at all and perhaps not even have gone out without being prepared for adverse conditions.
yep, all about equipment/clothestrekkie1
Nov 18, 2002 11:11 AM
There are just about no conditions that cannot be tolerated with proper clothing and equipment. Having good rain gear and under garments makes a world of difference. Until the road surface itself becomes dangerously slippery, visabilty becomes nil, or temps dive well below freezing, anything is doable.
smart, very smart.jw25
Nov 18, 2002 7:54 AM
I rode in the same remnants, in central PA, but later on, around 1:30.
I had light drizzle early on, but it cleared up and wasn't bad. I did about 25 miles, as work and other responsibilities kept me off the bike for a couple weeks. I needed to get out, and the 90 minutes did the trick.
knowing your limitsvelocity
Nov 18, 2002 8:22 AM
If you'd ridden a little longer -- if you were dressed right -- you'd have warmed up. But only you can be the judge of whether you were a wuss or crazy.

Sunday I was so pent up because the steady cold rain from the nor'easter had kept me from riding on Saturday. I had to go for a ride--I just had to! Felt like an animal that had to go outside no matter what. Come hell or high water I was going! Being somewhat sane, I did check the weather on the web first. Saw the rain wasn't due till late afternoon. My wife saw my state and encouraged me to go. Dressed appropriately, did the usual prep to the commuter/rain/beater bike, and went on my merry way. Rode for three hours and had a great time!
re: Stupid, crazy or wimp....Sundays ride.......trout_bum
Nov 18, 2002 9:14 AM
I wasn't planning on riding Sunday-until reading this forum-couldn't take it anymore! I MUST RIDE!-esp. with busy late work week coming up! So I went out-lasted 45min in cold pouring rain.
You Guys/Gals wearing "rain specific" gear? or what do...K-Man
Nov 18, 2002 10:45 AM
wear in the colder rain. Summer is fine as the rain is refreshingly cool, but the winter is a bit different.
I have a pair of Icebike tights that I wear, usual shoes with neoprene booties, layered tops with a nylon windbreaker, winter neoprean gloves, etc. No rain gear though. On the ride or lack there of, my clothing was wet....I was fine, warm other than the freezing rain on my face (had a barclava (sp?) in my pocket)......I just figured this was a prime mixture for getting sick and a wife that would repeat..i told you so, I told you so"

KMan
My post above answers your question. nmMB1
Nov 18, 2002 12:26 PM
I won't pass judgement if you won'tRay Sachs
Nov 18, 2002 11:04 AM
I did kind of the same thing, but managed to get a bit farther. Left home with no rain, started drizzling within the first mile, starting raining within the second, started FRIGGIN' POURING within the third. Pulled over and added rainpants to the rainshell and waterproof winter riding shoes (and waterproof socks and helmet cover). Kept going cause it wasn't SUPPOSED to be raining that hard :).

After a few miles, the cold rain found the chink in my armour - the gloves. Neoprene, but with all leather palms. All leather palms can let in a LOT of water. Hands thusly soaked and waaaay cold, I turned for home after about 7-8 miles. Finished with about 15...just as the rain was letting up. Glad to have a hot shower and call it a (short) day by then. Have to find some good rain gloves and I think I'll be set for this sort of nonsense. Not that I'd have gone out on purpose if I'd known it was going to rain THAT hard.

-Ray
re: Stupid, crazy or wimp....Sundays ride.......babyhuey77
Nov 18, 2002 4:36 PM
I'm so happy that I don't have to deal with that crappy weather. Sunday's ride it started off chilly ~60 or so, then reached about 80. I do not miss living back East at all. I invite all of you to make the effort to get ot Arizona, this time of year, it realy is beautiful.
why ride if youre not having fun?ThirtyFive
Nov 19, 2002 9:43 AM
yeah there will be times when my back hurts, feet are cold, hands numb, etc, but thats usually not until the end. if you were miserable after 10minutes you would have been really miserable after 40 miles