I've had quite a string of asshole days lately but today the ones who stood out from indifferent were nice. I'm sure they were suprised to see someone out riding a bike. Nevertheless I got a few smiles and waves from passing motorists, "Hi's" from runners and walkers and even a few people who paused on the snowpacked one way streets to let me continue rolling along. The high temperature was maybe 9 degrees during my 4 hour ride but that was in the sun. The shady spots were darn chilly as the sun went down. By WCRS standards it would have been 290 points. I didn't let that deter me though and I logged 46.5 miles and 3200 vertical feet of elevation gain. In order to get that number however I had to bury my GPS under all my clothes because the temperatures did a number on the batteries if exposed to the air!Along with my freezing GPS, the water bottles also froze. I filled them both with near boiling water at the start of the ride. The uninsulated one made it just over an hour before being completely rock hard but the insulated one was drinkable most of the ride until the last few fast downhills. Of course on the last few fast downhills almost everything froze. I kept my nose covered with my balaclava or hand but I definitely need a better solution. My nose went numb one time (after descending the Wall) but quick heating with my breathe and my glove and it got better.My feet also continue to be an area in need of improvement. I can keep them dry and warm for a while but I'm pretty sure that eventually conduction through the metal cleat and screws into my sole are sucking the heat away faster than my body can pump it down there. It's tolerable at the moment but I need to try those aerogel insoles and see if they fix it. That's not to say the ride was bad though, merely lots of fun with some learning experiences interspersed. I added an extra fleece layer on top a la Jill and my core was plenty warm today. Plus the roads were in great shape and the little dirt road Dave and I hit up last weekend was amazing.Monocog just keeps on trucking. I've got a nice long tribute underway but I'll save it for another day. Mile after mile in nasty weather and mag chlorided streets but the SS never stops and never complains. I'd hate to see what the Fuel looked like after this type of punishment.
Tomorrow is one more big day of riding. Looks like I won't quite hit 400 miles this week but I should be solidly in the 300's. Plus I'm going to swing by Bent Gate Mountaineering since they have the winter sleeping bag I want. Sorry Neptune, you guys never called so I guess I'll just take my business elsewhere.Looks warm eh?