The Paceline Podcast 177

The Paceline Podcast 177

With the end of the season here (except for everyone racing cyclocross), Selene has taken a step back to think about what she did this year, what she achieved this year and what she wants to do next year. Underlying all this is a question of purpose, as in what is her purpose. To what end does cycling take any of us? It’s a big question, and she ropes in an NFL quarterback, to come up with a clear answer.

After clarifying that he’s aware he lives in Northern California, a place with a skewed definition of winter, Patrick takes on dressing for colder conditions, especially conditions that are cold and wet. He focuses on three primary pieces and the logic behind those choices.



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  1. Neil Winkelmann

    On winter gloves:

    1) Lobster-mitts are OK, but I can’t imagine trying to work Di2 with them
    2) Keep your arms warmer and gloves will work better. You can often go down a rating. I received this tip last winter, and it’s a winner
    3) Why do roads get slippery when they’re wet, but the glove liners get so sticky you can’t get your hands back into the f%#ers?
    4) Looking for the perfect set of “system” gloves with a great shell and removable liners.
    5) “Waterproof” in the context of gloves means that once the gloves are full of water, it can’t get back out.

    1. TomInAlbany

      #5. OMFG. #5 resonates!!!
      #1. I use full on mittens for winter riding and shifting and braking sucks. But, I’m not racing, I’m just riding so, no biggie…
      #3. Coefficient of friction! (sorry. I couldn’t resist, though, I probably should have….)
      #2. This makes so much sense! I will try it!

      Tell me of your logic for my toes going numb, oh great sage! (You may become a pied piper, a la Group Ride 476!)

  2. Lyford

    For cold and dry, one of the reasons my toes get cold is because socks — even wool — lose insulating value when they get wet with sweat. I’ve had good luck using a low-tech vapor barrier(plastic bag). Foot, thin liner sock, bag, thick insulating sock. My foot gets wet but the insulating layer stays dry and effective.

  3. Pete Morris

    Selene’s pull this week about personal purpose and connection to others reminded me of a fantastic short film from earlier this year by one of my favorite photographers on YouTube, Sean Tucker.

    The film is a profile/interview of Gabrielle Motola, an American street-portrait photographer who also has a deep passion for motorcycles. The whole 25-minute film is well worth watching and speaks to many of the ideas that Selene and Patrick discuss. About 15 minutes in, Motola begins discussing what she gets out of motorcycling, and it resonates strongly with what I think all of us get from non-motorized cycling, too. I especially connect to these words of hers on “the feeling of being on a bike”:

    “When you’re on a bike, you’re not cut off from the environment. You’re in the environment, and you experience things viscerally; you’re not in the bubble of the car with the windshield all around you. You’re a human, you’re an animal, you’ve got sensors all over you. … Being on a bike is like being in a place: moving through it, but being IN it. And the other thing it does really well for me is it calms my mind down. … I have social anxiety. People wouldn’t think that from what I do, but I do, and I still have to work on it. And so when you get on a motorcycle, that part of your brain that’s fight-or-flight, the amygdala, it’s generating the anxiety in your daily life, that chatter. You get on a bike, and it’s like, ‘Oh. I have a job. I will keep you alive.’ … It’s just constantly keeping you busy in a good way, and then your higher consciousness flies like a kite above you. It’s the best.”

    Keep up the great work, Paceline peeps. And happy riding, everyone!

    1. Selene Yeager

      >You get on a bike, and it’s like, ‘Oh. I have a job. I will keep you alive.’ … It’s just constantly keeping you busy in a good way, and then your higher consciousness flies like a kite above you. It’s the best.”< That is a most excellent description of what it's like. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Nathan

    Got an Isadore TherMerino jersey recently, and I’m loving it. It’s gorgeously soft and warm, but fits like a regular jersey, and has three usable back pockets like a regular jersey. It has zero water resistance, but when it’s cold and not raining, it’s so much nicer to wear than the softshell jacket I was using before. And it comes in colours other than black.

  5. Ryan Plum

    So after listening to this I tracked down a few decent looking NA brews (all IPAs in this case). The Athletic Brewing Company offering (Run Wild IPA) is truly NOT BAD. Is it the best IPA ever? Nope – but I’m easily going to blow through this six pack and I’ll definitely buy more. Some of the others I tried were pretty meh. Thanks for the heads-up!

    1. Selene Yeager

      NOT BAD is a good way to describe it! Best ever? Not a chance. Their Stump Jump Autumn Brown is very meh.
      I’m a really big fan of the Hoegaarden Soft Brews too. Probably my favorite so far. But you have to like hefeweizens.

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