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Old December 27th, 2015, 06:02 PM   #1
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I'll just add some of my own trivia just to get comments:

I'm wimpy today as it is like 50F and 25mph wind out of East. Not skating!

In colder weather it takes me about 25 minutes to get sort of warmed up.
On colder days coefficient of friction between wheels and asphalt is less and feels like I am on wet surface.

Heart rate in cold just a tad bit higher.

Cold muscles are never as efficient as when they are warm. Use more energy for same speed.

The wind in you face going out is the wind in your face coming back. Seems to me at least.
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Old December 28th, 2015, 05:50 PM   #2
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The wind in you face going out is the wind in your face coming back. Seems to me at least.
what really ticks me off is when it's uphill going out AND coming back! Darned "ESCHER" trails...
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Old December 28th, 2015, 06:02 PM   #3
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what really ticks me off is when it's uphill going out AND coming back! Darned "ESCHER" trails...
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Old December 30th, 2015, 09:59 AM   #4
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> On colder days coefficient of friction between wheels and asphalt is less and feels like I am on wet surface.

Yes.. the few degrees of difference in temperature mean the wheel is not operating in it's sweet spot. Grip is reduced, and the wheels feel harder and more rattly.

> Heart rate in cold just a tad bit higher.

If anything it should be a little lower, as your body doesn't have to pump extra blood to the skin to assist thermoregulation. But could be that extra wind will make the same course harder, and/or a natural slightly lower level of fitness over the winter. I certainly can't do the same aerobic pace that I had this summer, but then I'm only doing 20-30% of the volume I was back then.
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