This morning was a mixed-feeling ride. I did twenty miles, and I kept my heart rate within my newly-realized zone (barely, a couple times). So that was all good.
But I tried using my rain gloves with liners, hoping that'd be warm enough to keep me out of trouble. Well, technically it might have, with the temperature in the mid-thirties (36F for most of the ride, with the last bit at 34F), but they managed it rather painfully.
I don't think it's the coldest my fingers have ever been; I had less feeling and movement, for sure, at times on the ride to Purcellville a couple weeks ago. But man, were my fingers hurting when I got home and they started warming up. I normally insist on eating breakfast before taking a shower, but when my wife heard me and said to get in the shower, I went.
Further to that point, I normally take shoes/helmet/gloves/booties/etc off in the garage when I get home, then bring everything in immediately. This morning, I brought almost nothing in. I didn't even take my helmet off until I got to the bathroom. Oof. I need a better solution for cold and wet. I might just need to go to the ski gloves around 36F when it's wet. That's warmer than I should need to do, but maybe that's what it takes.
In any event, I'm feeling fine for now. Oh, and I should point out one good thing. At least the gloves kept my hands dry. In fact, I was completely dry when I got inside, so that was definitely a good thing.
Tomorrow's supposed to be even wetter, but also warmer, so I think it'll be much easier. I might even try using just the rain gloves; we'll see. Just jersey and rain jacket up top, for sure.