It’s winter in the South

Riding stage 6 of the ToC in the rain and freezing my ass off

Riding stage 6 of the ToC in the rain and freezing my ass off

Since my move to Greenville, South Carolina I have been enjoying the nice weather that the Greenville PR spin machine had been promising me. However that all changed today. And although the sun was out, the temperature dipped into the low 50’s. I rode over to the Hincapie HQ to do my usual ride with the guys and felt the cold icy grip of winter. I was critically under-dressed for the conditions. I can no longer deny it: I am now living in the South and need to dress seasonally. My SoCal brain is trying to wrap it’s head around this concept of rain, falling leaves and the possibility of snow. Long finger gloves, a thick winter riding coat and booties will now have to become part of my cycling wardrobe. And looking at we might actually have some kind of snow this Thursday. When I saw this report I almost curled into a fetal position as I am completely and utterly unable to deal with the cold. I would think with my Irish background I would be able to handle the cold, however I can’t. Well I gotta adjust because starting this Saturday is the Upstate Winter League. In order to make a good impression on the Greenville cycling community I need to man up, dress warmly and be prepared to ride.

7 Responses to “It’s winter in the South”

  1. eightplustwo December 2, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Low 50’s? Try spending a winter in the Northeast. We’d kill for low 50’s. HTFU.

  2. Kirk December 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    You road your bike over to Hincapie HQ and still left under dressed. We do stock winter gear here. Our stuff matches too so you don’t have to ride around in those Frankenstein outfits you often put together.

  3. neilroad December 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    I’m still a Californian wuss when it comes to the weather.

  4. Cush December 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    You pussy, that’s not cold.

  5. TJ December 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    Such a wuss. When are you going to toughen up cupcake?

    Thanks fer the shot o’the dog…very contemplative.

  6. neilroad December 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Just a few weeks ago I still had a California driver’s license so I’m still adapting to sub 50 degree temperatures.

  7. Selene December 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    waa waa waa. Oh my God. Low 50s?! How did you survive? Did you lose any digits? I can’t fathom the pain and suffering….btw South is sort of synonymous for warm. C’mon back North. High of 38 and mountain biking in the bright sunshine on new-fallen snow tomorrow. We’ll help man you up.

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