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Ode to the unrelentingly ball busting winter of 2009.

Old 01-23-09, 02:05 PM
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Ode to the unrelentingly ball busting winter of 2009.

I get up today, it's warmer, 28F atop Mt. Doom, forecast high of 40 or so, I go out without a shell, no toe warmers. Big friggin mistake. 20 mins. into the ride I'm down in the Pine Island flat farmland, and my bike computer says it's 21F. Then 20F. Then 19F. Then 18F. F me. I'm freezing. At any rate, after about an hour of this it starts warming up into the mid-20's. By hour 3 it was mid-to high 30's and it was fine. But man, this is on a day when it was NICE. Sunny, no wind, mild forecast high, and it was still 20 until after 10AM. That's ridiculous. Mt. Doom is a high ridge around here, and it's often 5+ colder in the valleys, but still, that was a 10 temp swing today between my house and the lower elevations (and it's only 500' or so lower).

Just got my utility bill. Average temp for the last month last winter was 36F. This winter 29F. That is empirical confirmation of what my bones have been telling me. It's a ball busting, coldass winter. By the way, it's supposed to be colder tomorrow, then back into the deep freeze for at least a week. At least it's not snowing, so that's EXCELLENT.

7 straight days on the bike through today, serious miles today, tomorrow and Sunday. (40-50+ each day). That's the plan. So the point of this thread is that yes, this is a cold winter, it sucks, and there ain't nothin we can do about it, except ride and whine about the cold on BF of course.

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My minimum threshold has just been raised in the last 2 weeks.

If it's below 30, I'm snuggling up with Coach Troy on the "iron maiden".

eff it ..... and me.
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I'm hapy to be back in milder climes. the fact that it's rained almost every day since i've been back hasn't been a plus.
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What's the average temp in northern Europe these days b? Below freezing at night or not? What is it like 40*and rainy all the time? That's actually very cold, I find it harder to take when it's 39 and raining than 20 and dry. Can't seem to dress right for very cold damp conditions.
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Have I mentioned how great Arizona is lately?
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin View Post
Have I mentioned how great Arizona is lately?
I have BF Fanboys in Arizona who will hunt you down and kill you like a dog.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
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......Just got my utility bill. Average temp for the last month last winter was 36F. This winter 29F. That is empirical confirmation of what my bones have been telling me. It's a ball busting, coldass winter. By the way, it's supposed to be colder tomorrow, then back into the deep freeze for at least a week. At least it's not snowing, so that's EXCELLENT.

7 straight days on the bike through today, serious miles today, tomorrow and Sunday. (40-50+ each day). That's the plan. So the point of this thread is that yes, this is a cold winter, it sucks, and there ain't nothin we can do about it, except ride and whine about the cold on BF of course.

You are weak, your complaining is pathetic.......



....and you Cervelo wont be here until July......
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yeah, it's been a rough winter. actually, this is more of what a winter should be... i think we all got used to relatively warm winters the past few years.

today, at mid 40's, felt like summer to me.
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The 38deg ride I had today felt great on the Eastern leg but when I started heading west that 20mph head wind felt really really......really cold.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
What's the average temp in northern Europe these days b? Below freezing at night or not? What is it like 40*and rainy all the time? That's actually very cold, I find it harder to take when it's 39 and raining than 20 and dry. Can't seem to dress right for very cold damp conditions.
it was colder than it had been in a long time. so cold, the canals froze over.

then again, i missed that. it's been various points above freezing since my return.
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
You are weak, your complaining is pathetic.......



....and you Cervelo wont be here until July......
A) What's your point fatso?

B) Tell me something I don't know.

Don't be F-ing up my thread with more Mexican food pictures either, or I shall report you to the mods.
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I have BF Fanboys in Arizona who will hunt you down and kill you like a dog.
Yessir
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where you at penguin?

my parents live in so. arizona and i ride on roads that look identical to that...near benson. they're definitely not as smooth as they look in photos though.
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Scottsdale.

And i imagine I wouldn't mind the quality of the pavement if I was a womanfolk
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But what about Global Warming?
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Welcome to Hell's (frozen) lobby. Mind you at the other end of the Mississippi is NOLA in July (aka Hell proper).
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
A) What's your point fatso?

B) Tell me something I don't know.

Don't be F-ing up my thread with more Mexican food pictures either.....blah blah blah

Ok then how about a hotdog and some cheese fries... sweet heart?

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Arizona is for Wussy.

NY in January is for Moron.
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
Ok then how about a hotdog and some cheese fries... sweet heart?

[IMG]http ://farm4 .static.flickr.com/3041/3030597182_209e5fc6ff.jpg[/IMG]
if only you were capable of taking a good photograph.
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2008 was .7C colder than the past 15 years. we might be in an overall warming curve but lately it has been reversing and getting colder. arctic ice is regrowing at the fastest rate ever.


I am wagering we are on the cusp of a 10 year rapid thrust to a new ice age.... any takers ?
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its gonna drizzle in the Bay Area this weekend. Ok a chance of drizzle. Maybe I shouldnt ride.
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its gonna drizzle in the Bay Area this weekend. Ok a chance of drizzle. Maybe I shouldnt ride.
Yeah, I'm not sure I can make it out this weekend. There's a 30% chance of rain, and I doubt the sun will come out at all.
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Very cold here too, really cramping our riding style. Tomorrow morning's ride might have to start at near 50F. Oh the horror, I hope I have enough warm riding clothes.

You guys putting in the miles in the frigid cold/rain have my never ending respect. Or maybe I think you need some mental health counseling, but definitely one or the other.

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I get up today, it's warmer, 28F atop Mt. Doom, forecast high of 40 or so, I go out without a shell, no toe warmers. Big friggin mistake. 20 mins. into the ride I'm down in the Pine Island flat farmland, and my bike computer says it's 21F. Then 20F. Then 19F. Then 18F. F me. I'm freezing. At any rate, after about an hour of this it starts warming up into the mid-20's. By hour 3 it was mid-to high 30's and it was fine. But man, this is on a day when it was NICE. Sunny, no wind, mild forecast high, and it was still 20 until after 10AM. That's ridiculous. Mt. Doom is a high ridge around here, and it's often 5+ colder in the valleys, but still, that was a 10 temp swing today between my house and the lower elevations (and it's only 500' or so lower).

Just got my utility bill. Average temp for the last month last winter was 36F. This winter 29F. That is empirical confirmation of what my bones have been telling me. It's a ball busting, coldass winter. By the way, it's supposed to be colder tomorrow, then back into the deep freeze for at least a week. At least it's not snowing, so that's EXCELLENT.

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On the subject of ball busting: serves you right for going out ill prepared, did you think it was May?


This winter isn't up there with my favorites that's for sure. There's been some tough to enjoy cold weather and while we haven't had much snow the cold temps have kept the roads slippery. The other morning I was on 9W and hit a slippery patch that almost sent me flying onto the road, fortunately there weren't any cars coming.
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it's 76 right now in beeoootiful Dallas/Ft. Worthless area.
this morning was rough, it was about 52 when I got up.
Of course the bottom is gonna drop out and tomorrow morning will be
high of 43 with 30mph wind gusts.

Botto, it's really cold when the Ziederzee freezes. Heard Amsterdam sold out of skates
a few weeks ago.

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