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    The Southeast Turns Into A Winter Hell

    Now what do we do?

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    I think it's a sign of the world gone made when I'm comparing myself to northeastern riders in seeing who can HTFU more

    25 degree ride yesterday, and I'll have to do it more if I want to ride again this week.

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    I had some very minor surgery last week, but it was on my leg so I can't ride for a couple of weeks. Looks like I picked the right time to have it done!! Too cold out there for this Florida boy, you guys 'way up north' can have this cold stuff. 40+ and I can do it, anything colder it will be an hour or so on the exercise bike, but nothing outside.

    Normally we get a cold front, then some warming, then another front 6 days later. This time the cold came and it is dropping into the low 30s every night for more than a week. Brrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    I think it's a sign of the world gone made when I'm comparing myself to northeastern riders in seeing who can HTFU more

    25 degree ride yesterday, and I'll have to do it more if I want to ride again this week.
    I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, the armpit of the world. Now in Atlanta, I don't ride much under 45 degrees. I have been here 30 years and my blood has thinned out. Tonight we expect 15 degrees, I have spent the day freezeproofing houses. I am not enjoying the global warming, somebody needs to tell the geeks climbing Mt. Rushmore. Good ol' Greenpeace, good for a laugh any day.

    25 degrees is a good day for the trainer in my nice warm basement. Tomorrow it's time for an evening of racquetball. My Assos winter gear will stay in the closet this week. Call me a sissy, but I like to be comfortable.

    I ride because I enjoy it, this time of year usually harbors our mountain biking schedule. This lousy weather is really cutting us back. We have our first 6 hr. mtn bike race in Feb., hopefully the weather will be cooperative. Last year rode through two thunderstorms with a foot of water on the trail.
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    I was thinking of breaking out the shorts since we're supposed to be heading into global warming but decided to postpone that for a few months. But if we get any snow I can take the Kona out for it's first ride in snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    Now what do we do?
    We layer up. I did take the bus this morning because I was running late, but I'll be riding home. It helps that I was just in North East Ohio last week with lots of snow and scary roads. It makes our cold snap look much less daunting.

    Plus I made a New Year's resolution re: number of times I bike to/from work this year. I hate to start out the year with days to make up.

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    17 degrees driving in to work this morning in Bham. Don't think I'll be getting out today.

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    30f and a moderate breeze is my lower limit. I like to ride but if it isn't fun.......I stay in. I'll make it up when spring gets here.
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    What I don't get (obviously I'm not a meteorologist) is why this entire week is colder here than it is in NYC.

    That isn't right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    What I don't get (obviously I'm not a meteorologist) is why this entire week is colder here than it is in NYC.

    That isn't right.
    Blame it on the Canadians.......Arctic air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    Now what do we do?
    You put on some layers, HTFU and ride.

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    This is how I ride my bike in weather like this.

    and you're right. "balls cold" is the phrase we use at work.

    "it's so cold, my somewhat worn out struts / shocks on my car are frozen due to moisture inside them. Talk about making a commute more interesting"

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    You should do like we do - go Cross Country Skiing instead

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    that's the problem with Tennessee - unless you're in the "mountains." Balls cold, no snow. It would have to be on roller skis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    What I don't get (obviously I'm not a meteorologist) is why this entire week is colder here than it is in NYC.
    I was watching the Weather Channel today and Atlanta was colder than SLC or Denver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    What I don't get (obviously I'm not a meteorologist) is why this entire week is colder here than it is in NYC.

    That isn't right.
    Noticed your location.... Antarctica... is that a new spelling of Hot'Lanta? oh yes it's a might bit chilly out there. 4 deg wind chills just standing there is not my idea of fun. Riding at 15-20 mph adds how much wind chill to that? Especially with a head wind? either way it's brrrr out.

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    If I had to deal with 3-4 months rather than just a couple of weeks I would be riding. But knowing that the temps will be back up down here I just prefer to wait it out. Lived in Chicago for 30 years so I know cold weather but I prefer not dealing with it these days. Morning temp in Miami was 38 with a wind chill of 28 at my house, it's like the end of the world for S. Fl. A lot of unhappy tourists.
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    It's been in the mid\low 20's for a week now and looks to continue through Sunday. This sucks in a major way. It hits the upper 20's maybe 5 or 6 times the whole year, and maybe twice for the low 20's, never 7 or 8 days in a row. Ok, I am officially over this now.
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    Intellicast's US low temperature forecast map. It's cold everywhere! North Florida is the same temperature as Ohio.


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    The problem is that your body acclimates to your area. When I lived in Chicago I was in a tee shirt when it hit 50 now I need a sweater at 70. But then I can ride at 95 and 80% humidity. The bottom line for me is a prefer warmer climate to colder and this is no fun.
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

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    The high is the normal/average low! Global warming you say? We also just had the mildest summer in 50 years in 2009.
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    20 degrees on the way in. My water bottle froze!



    The way home was a nice, warm 36.

    The snow tomorrow should be fun.

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    Snow? I hope not. This area will shut down, as you can't go far without crossing a bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecrd View Post
    The problem is that your body acclimates to your area. When I lived in Chicago I was in a tee shirt when it hit 50 now I need a sweater at 70. But then I can ride at 95 and 80% humidity. The bottom line for me is a prefer warmer climate to colder and this is no fun.
    No kidding - I'm from VT where you see temps below 0 or single digits for a week or more at a time. I've been skiing in a t-shirt during a "warm spell" in the 30s/40s. I moved to TN to get away from two things, rusty cars and cold weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    I think it's a sign of the world gone made when I'm comparing myself to northeastern riders in seeing who can HTFU more

    25 degree ride yesterday, and I'll have to do it more if I want to ride again this week.
    Dude... you are only scratching the surface. Try two century rides since the 1st of January in mid-20s degree F weather--Sunday last with windchill in the single digit. A third century was done in December in the Catoctin mountains in western Maryland in the same temps PLUS wind.



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