In case I didn't mention it, the Bethel Spring Series starts this weekend and my first race is this Sunday. I've done some training, my weight is down a bit (though not yet to my goal), and I'm as ready as I think I can be.
Even better, the forecast looks good - sunny and in the 40s. Not exactly "flahute" weather, but I'll certainly take it! I tend to err on the side of overdressing during early-season races. I once did a New Year's ride with not one, but TWO pairs of tights on - while a buddy of mine rode in knickers. My typical "Bethel kit" consists of a lined long sleeve base layer under my short sleeve jersey and a pair of lined, full-length tights under my bibshorts. Wool socks (with toes tucked in cut-off ziploc bags), thick full-fingered gloves, and skullcap round out my winter racing ensemble.
But this weekend's forecast has me considering embrocation for the first time. I've never used it before, and am curious to try and see what all the hype and fuss is about. Of course, exposing my vanilla-white legs to the sun so early in the season is bound to give them a better chance of being less blinding come summer.
Maybe 40 degree sunny weather will actually be too warm for embrocation? What brand do you use/recommend? Any tips? I know at least to apply it AFTER putting my shorts on (I've read accounts of those that forgot). Do you cover your feet or just use the usual wool socks? You can contact me off-blog if you have any suggestions on, um, the height to which you cover.
So what do you think?
To Embrocate or Not Embrocate, That is the Question . . .
(sorry, I couldn't resist)