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RE: The elites clothing choices in Boston perplexed me
Folks who are making XC skiing comparisons aren’t really getting it - the problem was the rain + wind, not the temperature. And I really think those who are talking about thickness are nailing it.
For instance: I wore some midweight Brooks gloves, which have left my hands frozen in 20° weather in past runs (I’m a mitten person) but they stayed pretty consistently warm yesterday. Soaked, but they stayed warm.
I also had on some CWX half tights, which have all of that funky fabric “support web” bracing, and they seemed to provide the same sort of protection, as by the time the rain soaked in it felt warm, except when the wind and rain really cut loose around mile 8.
For the record, my complete outfit was: brimmed running hat, short sleeve compression shirt, form fitting T on top, arm warmers, gloves, half tights, running briefs, wool socks.
I didn’t nail it, as I still cast some longing looks at the med tents at aid stations, but when I hit the Newtons I think the effort spiked my body temp enough to get ahead of the cold. I felt fantastic all the way from there to the finish.
Also, can’t emphasize enough how key the hat was. Being able to tip my head down and keep my face out of the wind was clutch.
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