It was cold today in Mpls. This morning when I got up, the temp was 5 - 8 degrees (depending on which website you looked at) with a real feel of -15 - -7 degrees! The forecast said the high would be around 20 degrees, but I don’t think it ever got above 14. O_o
I dressed pretty warmly. I wore two long sleeved t-shirts and a short sleeved one plus a rain/wind shell jacket. On my legs I wore bike shorts, sweat pants, and rain/wind shell pants. On my face I had a thin balaclava and a skull cap on top of that and I sure was glad that I got my new ski goggles yesterday! I just wore regular shoes (Addias Sambas) with two pairs of socks and a pair of ski mittens for my hands (very warm – my hands were super toasty the whole time and I didn’t even use the fleece inserts!).
The tops of my thighs got a little cold on the way to work, but they were okay on the way home. My toes got cold both ways. I guess I’ll have to add a pair of long underwear and use my boots on colder days. I learned that ski goggles tend to push the snot right out of my nose, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything! My eyes didn’t water and my face stayed warm.
Up until about 20 minutes ago I was still cold from the ride home (it’s now 8:20. I got home at 5:30)!!!
Otherwise I had a good time. The paths were relatively vacant of both pedestrians and cyclists today (and even animals, come to think of it). I saw many patches of black ice. That was a little scary. I am going to have to get some studded tires for one of my bikes soon, I think.
Edit: Oh yeah, and another thing: I had the worst time trying to get into my pedal clips! I think it was because of the double socks. Geeze, it was like trying to learn how to use clips all over again! I can't wait until I try it with boots on...