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LOL: 3/29 IL brevet weather forecast. i'm not surprised. :-)(15 posts)

LOL: 3/29 IL brevet weather forecast. i'm not surprised. :-)JS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 9:21 AM
my absolute number one most favorite top-enjoyable grin-inducing type of character-building fun is windy rain rides where the temp hovers just above freezing. it's an extra challenge to keep cold and wet hands and toes from going numb. i'm working on becoming a "belgian hardman".

dig this:

3/1 St. Louis 200k brevet (actually Edwardsville IL) was 29-35*F and it dumped 3" snow on the ground the night before. it was a good ride, though, with seven or eight riders. i can only make one of each ride in the series, and this was my selected 200k.

3/15 they had another 200k--this one was sunny, warm, dry, pleasant, and a dozen or more riders. it's been warm and nice riding weather for most of the month in IL *and* in west Tennessee, and i've not worn tights or warm gloves, nor used chemical warmers, riding around home since 3/1.

today it's forecast 76*F and sunny in Edwardsville IL (actual brevet start) with a median windspeed of 12 mph (about typical, it seems, and so observed on 3/1). high 50s all week, and 63*F forecast friday, with some rain and standard winds.

on saturday 3/29, for the 300k brevet, the forecast is 30-43*F and "few showers/windy", 30% precip chance, with wind from the northwest at 26 mph. the ride begins in a southeast direction and returns--you guessed it--to the northwest. i was planning to do this one fixed gear, but no more, i'm afraid to say. i might have to shave my entire body and mount a full fairing on the multi-geared Surly. i'm not sure, but there's a chance that the RBA in St. Louis has some sort of weather-influencing crystal ball.

i'm hoping to build lots of character between now and the end of the series in late May. incessant wind and cold, sideways rain is almost as good as large, steep climbs for improving one's constitution. at least i have something to happily anticipate.

anyone care to join me?

-J
Where exactly does the ride start at?Spoke Wrench
Mar 24, 2003 9:27 AM
Is it at the college or maybe the city park?
Where exactly does the ride start at?JS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 9:43 AM
"...from the Edwardsville County Courthouse commuter parking lot in beautiful downtown Edwardsville, IL."

it's a parking lot behind the city building.
yuckDougSloan
Mar 24, 2003 9:35 AM
"Building character" doesn't sound anything like "having fun." I'll stick with 70 degrees and sunny, but slogging up 3,000 foot climbs, thank you. At least that has an "upside" (descent) to it.

Thanks for reconfirming the wisdom of my decision to move from Missouri to Fresno. :-)

Doug
building character can be more fun than an enjoyable ride :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 9:44 AM
now tell me honestly that you wouldn't prefer this:DougSloan
Mar 24, 2003 9:54 AM
yeah, but i don't swim so well nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 10:00 AM
sounds like you'd better... nmDougSloan
Mar 24, 2003 10:01 AM
One word for you: embrocationlonefrontranger
Mar 24, 2003 9:47 AM
Use it, live it, know it. look up my "joys of grease" thread on the Racing board if you have any questions.

Here's a link to a story about Boston-Montreal-Boston, which was ridden (and won) by one of our local race promoters. He's the one responsible for the stampede / crash-fest otherwise known as the Stazio Training crits each week:

http://www.bdcouriers.com/news.html

I like the part where he likened the ride to 9 hours on a stationary trainer being sprayed by a garden hose...
will do.what about hands and feet in 33-43*F cold rain? nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 9:53 AM
stay home! :-) nmDougSloan
Mar 24, 2003 9:55 AM
record carbon levers and plastic bagslonefrontranger
Mar 24, 2003 10:08 AM
My "joys of grease" thread mentions the use of plastic sandwich bags for your feet. Yeah, they make your feet sweat, but mine at least stay warm and sweaty rather than soaked and freezing.

Hands - many pros use embrocation under gloves. I've got some mild arthritis in my third knuckles of both hands that bugs me in cold wet, and Icy Hot, Badger Balm, start oil or arthritis rub seems to help.

I've also discovered a nice side benefit of those chi-chi looking Record carbon levers... they don't freeze your hands! Seriously, they are a lot warmer on a cold rainy ride or cold descent than alloy. Recognizing that not all us have $300 to spend on a set, I'd try the embrocation angle and maybe some decent Gore-tex gloves.
thanks, will do! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 10:52 AM
re: LOL: 3/29 IL brevet weather forecast. i'm not surprised. :-)SIZE16
Mar 24, 2003 10:55 AM
not that i will be joining you but are you from edwardsville, il. ... i live in highland and ride to edwardsville quite a bit on rt 143 ... maybe i'll see you out and about
P.S. did a ride on friday morning in highland and the winds were gusting 20-25 mph ,,, the winds can be monstrous and demoralizing at times
actually, noJS Haiku Shop
Mar 24, 2003 11:03 AM
i'm in memphis. the edwardsville brevets are the closest to home--more than 100 miles closer than the others. the drive to edwardsville is ~320 miles.

-J