Cold Weather clothing for someone who is hot all the time.
This fall I discovered that after 32 years of asthma, I can ride in temps below 60 degrees. I have been continually riding in colder and colder temps. I used to have a major asthma attack doing any exercise in "cold" temps. I don't know what has changed, but since I can do this so far, I am going to keep riding until I can no longer breathe, then I will resort to the rollers.
I have a few questions:
1) I am a person who is always hot, I usually never wear a coat, maybe a jacket if it gets to 20 degrees or below. I cannot wear sweaters, sweatshirts, fleece or any flannel indoors, or I will sweat to death. ;) What type of jacket or coat is best for someone like me? I just bought a Performance Century Jacket, although it looks very thin, it is supposed to be windproof. Is this a jacket that will keep me warm into the 20's?
2) I have read other advice and most of it seems to be layering. Do other people who are hot all the time do this too?
3) So far I have been getting by with the following:
Short Sleeve Jersey
Pearl I. Thermal Fleece Arm & Leg Warmers
I line my sports bra with a piece of fleece I had left over from a blanket I made.
Regular half finger cycling gloves, with thinsulate gloves over them.
Regular socks and sidi shoes.
With the above list, I got really cold on the parts that did not have fleece on them, but I survived. The coldest so far was riding with the above set-up in about 40 degrees and very windy in the dark.
4) I just purchased the following: (all from Performance)
Descente Element booties (neoprene & kevlar)
Performance Century Jacket
Performance Thermal Grid Jersey
Performance Century Jersey (to use as base layer?)
So do I need more? Should I send the jacket back for something more substantial? (maybe someone has one of these and could tell me if they really do a good job.) Could I be comfortable with just the 2 jerseys, or just 1 of the jersey's and a jacket? Like I said, I am very hot person (my DH calls me his little furnace), and I have really never rode in cold before, until the last 3 weeks. Maybe there are other "overly warm" people out there who can help. ;)