Well, I made my first big mistake yesterday. Went out for a nice long pre-Turkey day dinner ride. Went 60 miles in just over 4 hours. For the first 3 hours I was super nice and toasty. It was about 36 F when I started and I checked my cyclo computer a few times and it said at once point 41 F. But that was the highest it got. Then for some weird reason I started to get very chilly just after 3 hours of riding. This kept up until the end. I was even getting that burning feeling in my thighs.
Turns out... my sweat had soaked thru all my layers. My outer jacket was wet from about chest down to knees. Under my jacket, I was soaked from shoulders down to knees. I couldn't even tell I was wet when I was on the bike. My skin didn't feel wet at all. I think I might have gotten a touch of frost bite. After my shower, my lower stomach and thighs both looked like they had 3rd degree sunburn. Didn't really hurt like a sunburn, thank god.
I guess I had over-layered just a tad much and my sweat had soaked my upper layering and eventually soaked down into my tights.
What I wore was:
RLX Mountain Bike short sleeve jersey (pretty flimsy but it wicks well)
Arm warmers from Performance Bike
RLX wind vest
Pearl Izumi Leg Warmers
Cannondale wool socks
Defeet socks over those
Booties from Performance the illuminite kind
Tights from Performance the illuminite kind
Performance XALT cycling jacket
I think the culprit was the XALT cycling jacket. That has always been super warm for me. I usually only use that when it's below 35F, but I thought it was suppose to get colder during the day. Plus, we had about a 10 mph wind that I was heading into. My other jacket is the RLX wind jacket, which is not as warm and it's much thinner and vents much better.
I was trying to think of ways to avoid this. Do you normally check yourself during your ride to make sure you aren't getting too wet? I thought I was pretty layered, but apparently I was way over-layered. Any thoughts? suggestions?