Before I start ragging on them, let me add that I think both are total studs. Jeff just completed a stellar 50k with a top 10 overall placement and ran a 1/2 marathon one week later in 1:29. And Jason is far and above the most disciplined athlete I know and his results are nothing short of impressive.
However–these two Texas boys were getting a bit wimpy this week on Twitter when it came to the weather. It hit, what, 50 degrees down there this week? And I’m pretty sure I saw talk about tights, beanies, and gloves.
Now boys. Let’s let the northern state athletes school you a bit, shall we? Take your friend Kevin. He lives in Michigan. He’s still riding outside. He’s still running in shorts and he will continue to until there’s a mighty wind chill in the air. Just last year he posted about running when the snow was so deep only the snow plows could get through.
And there’s Mandy. Caratunk, Maine-based Mandy. Pretty sure she’s still doing open water swims? Ok, maybe I exaggerate, but she filled me in on a run she did last year where it was something like -15 and her sweat formed little balls of ice on the inside of her jacket. Here’s a post she did describing another, similar run. Hardcore, that one.
Let’s not forget Matty O, either, he of the Cleveland area. Matty informed me that until it hits freezing, he’s out in shorts and short sleeves. Even below 32, he’ll just add a long-sleeved shirt and vest until it gets down to about 20.
Me? I may live below the Mason-Dixon line, but I’m no weather wimp, either. I’m still in shorts and capris, and you won’t see full-length tights or jackets come out for some time yet; hopefully not until 2012.
And if that’s not enough, let me tell you about this group of runners from Finland (as in Arctic Circle) who run the entire winter in just shorts and no shirts. Plain old badass.
So my friends, Jason and Jeff, what do you have to say for yourselves? Maybe we need to challenge you to make it through the winter in shorts. That would seem totally doable for a couple of guys in Texas, don’t you think?
How about you, readers? Are you Team Texas or Team Northern States?