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5/17/08 11:37 P

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Great article and thanks for passing it on to us.

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5/17/08 2:02 P

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Great reminders! Texas is starting that annual heat up

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5/17/08 1:59 P

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KJeanne, I'm about 50 miles east of you in Riverside County. In order for me to get out of the heat in the Inland Valley I have to head west toward the beach!! I'm surrounded by desert out here and when the Sanata Ana winds blow...whew..it really heats up!!

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5/17/08 10:50 A

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Good article PLAYINGOUTDOORS
I would like to add my two cents. I used to work in the San Fernando Valley, an inland valley here in Los Angeles and I would ride home from work most Fridays (a 50 mile ride). I got of work at noon. During the summer months, the temperature was usually in the low 100s. Once I got out the valley (at mile 30), the temperatures were usually in the 80s.

The best way I know to keep cool in warm weather is to make sure your body stays wet. I would use the water in one water bottle to spray my body during the ride. If I saw a sprinkler running I would stop and get wet. If someone was watering their lawn, I would ask them to douse me.


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5/16/08 11:45 P

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I'm not sure what the weather is like for most of you, but it's been very warm here the past few days. We hit 99 degrees today and are expected to reach that again tomorrow. My Super Saturday is going to be a scorcher, so I'm starting my ride EARLY tomorrow!

I researched exercising in warm weather and found the following info at the Mayo Clinic web site:

Summer exercise: How to keep cool in hot weather
Planning to exercise in hot weather? Stay safe by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat.

In the excitement of a pickup basketball game or the relaxation of a friendly round of golf, you might not notice the temperature rising but your body will. If you exercise outdoors in the heat, use caution and common sense to prevent heat-related illnesses.

How hot weather affects your body

Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your body temperature. To dissipate heat, more blood circulates through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which increases your heart rate. If the humidity is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin which only pushes your body temperature higher.

Under normal conditions, your skin, blood vessels and perspiration level adjust to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you're exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long. The result may be a heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.


Keep it cool

To avoid heat-related illnesses, keep these basic precautions in mind:

Take it slow. If you're used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first. As your body adapts to the heat, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts. If you have a chronic medical condition or take medication, ask your doctor if you need to take additional precautions.

Drink plenty of fluids. Your body's ability to sweat and cool down depends on adequate rehydration. Drink plenty of water while you're working out even if you don't feel thirsty. If you're planning to exercise intensely or for longer than one hour, consider sports drinks instead. These drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which actually promote fluid loss.

Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loosefitting clothing promotes sweat evaporation and cooling by letting more air pass over your body. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb the heat. A light-colored hat can limit your exposure to the sun.

Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening when it's likely to be cooler outdoors rather than the middle of the day. If possible, exercise in the shade or in a pool.

Wear sunscreen. Sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself.

Have a backup plan. If you're concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.

Play it safe

Stop exercising at the first hint of a heat-related illness. Signs and symptoms may include:

Weakness
Headache
Dizziness
Muscle cramps
Nausea or vomiting
Rapid heartbeat

If you suspect a heat-related illness, get out of the heat. Drink water, and wet and fan your skin. If you don't feel better within 30 minutes, contact your doctor. If you develop a fever higher than 102 F or become faint or confused, seek immediate medical help. Regular exercise is important but don't let your workouts put your health at risk.


Happy and safe cycling!!

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