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amateur scientist
RE: The elites clothing choices in Boston perplexed me
Wow, didn't expect the discussion to get in this amount of detail. Thanks guys.

I want to add that the conditions at Boston yesterday are what I have longed believed to be the worst possible conditions to be outdoors. Just above freezing temps, strong winds, heavy rain. The temperature is warm enough to produce rain instead of snow but cold enough that your body will have lots of trouble staying warm. The whole key to comfort and survival in the outdoors is staying as warm and dry as possible and that's the approach I take to any outdoor situation in the cold. In the situation with Boston, when the cold, wind, and rain are all working together to sap your body heat, no matter what you wear, it's going to be a huge challenge. But the heat sapping effects of wind, rain, and cold can be reduced with the right clothing.

If I ran, the way that I would have approached the race is a wind proof/resistant jacket without water proofing, and a singlet and arm warmers. I find the long sleeves of a base layer and jacket to cause overheating in 30+ degree weather. Bottoms would be running shorts over long compression shorts, because two layers are needed to keep the parts warm. Hat would be a thin wind resistant hat and gloves of a material that stays warm while wet, maybe those type with the windproof finger hoods you can pull over the fingers.

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