I think any kind of exercise in the heat just takes time and practice. I'm a runner and I moved from Germany (running in snow) to Texas (running on the Sun). It took me quite a long time before I became accustomed to the different climate and I just had to shorten runs, go slower and let my body adjust. After a few months of slowing it down it should be no problem at all! WEAR SUNSCREEN! (my biggest summer concern, no skin cancer guys!)
I did my ride over the weekend in the heat and it was not so bad because you evaporate...I had to pace myself and go a little slower than normal. Drink lots of fluids and replace your electrolytes...it was rough and not completely comfortable in the heat
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wow...thanks for all the good info! I have a camelbak so I will have to attempt it soon...just not tomorrow ;-) It is suppose to be even hotter tomorrow than it has been the last few days (heat index is suppose to be 107) and until I can get used to the heat, I will take it easy....
I'm a wimp when it comes to riding in the heat....partly because I don't sweat much so when I get overheated, I actually get the chills and goosebumps. I've gotten sick from working out too hard in the heat, so I know the warning signs for myself and take necessary precautions.
The best preparation for me is to remember hydration begins BEFORE the ride - I make sure that I'm hydrated well everyday and I drink a 20 oz bottle 1/2 hour before my butt hits the saddle. Just as Incommunicado suggested, I drink at least 8-20 oz per hour.
In another topic on this board these suggestions were given: bring a camelback, douse your head/body during the ride to help cool down, use water soaked cooling bandanas around your neck, and freezing half filled water bottles - then topping off with water before a ride so the water stay cool during the ride. **I also use those frozen bottles to place on my neck for instant cooling.
I agree with all the prior advice (I'm in Texas so I know hot!) You just need to listen to your body and don't push too hard until you know how you react to the heat. I recommend a wet cloth under your helmet that you can re-wet while riding. This keeps your head nice and cool. Also, you can buy those neck ties that you soak in cold water before wearing. It will keep you cool for a long time.
Really Hot is Deep South/Humidity and that happens all over the place in the summer. We have pushed our rides to 6:30 AM and I'd do it earlier, to beat the heat. Our group usually rides two evenings a week, but with it in the 90's... I may pass (or pass out). Take it slow and easy, lots of water, a 20oz bottle per hour. Do not be discouraged at your initial ride. You know yourself best and what you can handle. A well-vented helmet, halter bike tops, bike sandals all help in hot weather. What am I saying, I wear bike shorts in 45 degrees and up, so you know I'm HOT! Eating well (Bicycle magazine should be next to your Bible for tips); take nutrients your body needs. I hope this helps, as it has helped me.
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A good rule of thumb I've read is to drink a bottle of water for every hour you're on the bike. In hot weather like this, I fill my bottle with as much ice as will fit and then add water/gatorade. The ice will still melt before your ride is over.
I also frequently squirt water down through the vent holes in my helmet, which provides instant relief from the heat.
I'm a newbie like you, so I'm sure some of the veteran riders will offer better suggestions. Another thing to remember is to be sure to drink before you get thirsty.
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Obviously I'm new to riding...Im trying to figure out if it is ok to ride in this weather. I started out trying to ride 10miles on Saturday, but OMG, it was so freaking hot. I only made it 4mi but I felt completely wiped out.
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