Monday, February 05, 2007

Shorts!

Much of the country is frozen today, and a lot of tough cyclists reported that it was too cold for even them to ride due to the dangerous wind chills. It was quite the opposite here today. It was in the 50's by noon, and we got to wear shorts* today! There was a mixture of shorts, knickers, and light weight tights in the group today, and the feeling was very liberating!

Also of note today was the performance of one of the FNG's. Randy, who's starting on his 2nd week riding with us, completed the Lake View Loop on his first try! I gave him the option of riding out the V&T Rail Road Grade, and we'd pick him up on our way back. Instead, he opted to do the hill with us. I expected him to turn around in the first 100 yards of the Coombs Canyon climb, but he surprised me and kept going. Every time I turned around, he was still there! When I got to the top of the road climb, he wasn't very far off, so we waited for him. He finished off the remaining dirt climb, and headed down the thrilling sandy downhill that leads to the Rail Road Grade. All the way back to the office, he kept pace with the group. He may need to be tested for performance enhancing drugs come to think of it...

(*Note to Alaskans: "Shorts" are shorter versions of pants, that stop above knee and expose a fair amount of leg flesh. Shorts are enjoyed by many in warmer climates for their cooling effect.)

8 comments:

rigtenzin said...

I still know what shorts are. I have a pair on under my long johns and thick pants.

Tim said...

Yeah, what he said. I wore a pair of shorts that way this morning! And we warmed up since yesterday; it's 21F.

You know, Jeff, a person could get the impression you're rubbing it in. :)

Jeff said...

It was even warmer today! Although I think I may have jinxed myself...rain is in the forecast through Sunday starting tomorrow...

Brent said...

I have been wearing shorts for the past 2 weeks on my lunch rides...

Jeff- it's gonna rain but the temps will still be up so keep your shorts handy!

Chris said...

Looks like a great day there. It was spectacular here too. Sadly, I had to work.

Jeff said...

I shall keep a pair of shorts handy in my gear bag. Hey Brent...how about some pictures and a post from your Dayton trails?

Michelle said...

hmm, I have never seen shorts worn
WITHOUT long johns...wow. Rigtenzin may wear the UNDER his long johns, we wear them OVER the long johns, it's quit a stunning fashion statement. Goes perfect with Carharts. Ohh yeah...don't doubt it!

Jeff said...

I tried wearing tights under my baggy shorts, because I was afraid the tights looked silly. I'll tell you though, baggies over tights is even more ridiculous! Very Keebler Elfish...