So, last Saturday I did another century+ (115 miles; 186 km). First of all, again, I am amazed how well TrainerRoad prepared me for this, having done sweet spot base training and sustained power build intermittently. Whatever I felt, whenever I felt it, I managed to push through.
Anyway, I started at 9:40 in the morning and it was 3 deg celsius outside with light rain. I was wearing Craft Active Extreme as a base layer, Assos Mille GT Fall (5-15 deg rated), and I had an AGU rain coat. Was wearing the Assos bonka big tights (really warm!), thermo, wind sealed and waterproof over shoes and gloves by Grip Grab, and a neck warmer and a cap. So basically, I thought I was prepared for the worst.
Immediately, I noticed that I had to eat more (I guess due to the cold weather my body wanted more), even though I was still riding in zone 2/3 as I did in other centuries. At 16:15 the sun started to go down. I put my lights on, I was in a happy place: “I am prepared for the cold”. So I thought…
At 16:15 (finished at 17:30… I was slow but I had to self-support so I had a lot of kit on my bike unfortunately… 25km/h only)… I noticed that there was a bit freezing to the ground, I looked at the temperature and it was 0 to -1 celsius. At around 16:45 I started shivering a bit. I thought: is this the beginning of hypothermia? But I also thought: only about 10-15km to go so I should be able to do this. And then (and then you know you are exhausted) at what I thought were the last 3 km it turned out to be 6km and I was negotiating every 100 meters with myself whether I would be able to make it, only to give it the final push through the last 2 km with 30-35 km/h average.
So what I wonder is… should I be proud that I finished? Or was it actually really stupid and should I have stopped before?
Also… is there clothing (regardless of price) that allows you to ride at freezing temperature at night? For instance, Assos sells thermal base layer + mid layer + jacket in the ultraz series (mille gt as well as equippe rs). Would that truly do the trick? On the assumption that you keep drinking and eating of course. For me, it felt freezing cold. But of course some of you are also riding in way extremer temperatures than I have done.
What should / could I have done differently to protect myself against impending cold weather conditions?