Those of you who suffered in 2018, what could you have done better? What gear did you regret not having?
bleep bloop wrote:
did anyone try the embrocation gels that euro cyclists use to ride in cold wet weather? it's supposed to create a waterproof barrier on the skin... old timey cyclists used to use vaseline right?
Shameless self-promotion, but I wrote a blog post about lessons learned. It's easier just to link it here:
Also, even the worst forecast I'm seeing looks nothing like what we had last year, so don't get too worried.
Not sure I agree with the idea of checking gear if you have other options. It was madness last year and took 30-40 minutes to get your checked bag when I finished (I was in wave 1 corral 4 and finished around 3:04). It was actually really dangerous as some people waiting for checked bags were in rough shape and one guy next to me was literally turning blue. So, I would say that if you can arrange to meet someone near the finish line (like in the Public Garden somewhere) who has warm clothes for you, it will be better than checking gear, unless they've changed the gear check process this year, which I hope they have.
I notice a lot of people mention changing shoes. I would like to be able to take my race shoes and not wear them until just before the start, but the info says that we are only allowed to take a 1 gallon plastic bag on the bus. Are they ok with carrying an extra pair of shoes or do you conceal them in a jacket or some other way? Just curious what I can actually get away with vs what you are technically allowed to do.