Madisonians brave cold weather for outdoor activities

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 --- 4:45 p.m.

Saturday's weather may be ideal for playing hockey, but for watching, it's down right cold.

"It is a lovely five degrees I think. Pretty windy. It could be warmer," said Alyssa Hext. She's cheering on her fiance and his team in the Mad City Pond Hockey Championships. Nearly 60 teams from around the country are competing at the Vilas ice rink in Madison.

"Hopefully they win, but I'd be OK if we bow out of the tournament at some point," Hext said.

The winners move on to the next round and play again Sunday. The spectators might just stay home.

"I can't remember when it's been single digits and negative temperatures for weeks on end and it feels like it is just never getting over that peak," Hext said.

Down the road at the Arboretum, runners are also feeling the effects of this weekend's frigid temperatures and strong winds.

"My face is a little bit cold," said Adam Philibeck.

"Frozen eyelashes," said Jake Bahner.

The two UW-Madison juniors are training for a half and full marathon in May. They say days like Saturday are good preparation.

"If you can handle this weather, you can handle the little bit that summer brings us," Philibeck said. "We both kind of push through the weather."

"When the temperature was getting below zero, that's when it gets too insane to even go outside," Bahner said. "Right now, as long as you're out of the wind, it's not too bad."

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