Take spare cash to buy drinks on the route if nec. I carry a ziploc bag with a nutritional drink mix so that I only have to buy plain water and mix it myself. Cheaper to buy water and I know it will agree with my stomach.
I have a camelback but don't tend to use it because of the weight on the shoulders over long hauls and the heat it generates. I'd rather carry a 3rd bottle in the middle pocket of the jersey or if on the other bike use a tri-mount on the seat post for another 2 bottles.
Great suggestions! We ride on a bike path along the river so I've jumped in the river a few times when it is super hot. With my Husband's schedule we tend to ride in the middle of the heat, so hydration is a key for us. Luckily we don't have your humidity!
When I go for rides in the heat I will place my jersey, baselayer and headsweat in a chest of ice water and let it soak for about 10 minutes. If I know its going to hot the next day I'll fill my water bottles half full and place them in the freezer. Once they are frozen I then fill the rest of the bottle up and the ice helps keep my drink cool and the ice will melt so I still have fluids while I'm riding. For really hot days when I'm on the saddle for 50+ miles I make sure my route goes past parks or public locations where there are drinking fountains. This way I can continue to drink a lot without running out.
On a side note: last year Garmin Chipotle was making slurpees from their mixed drinks. According to research the ice slush, once consumed actually cooled the body down at a faster rate while keeping the core cooler for longer periods of time. Not to mention its also refreshing.
In South Texas it's pretty difficult to avoid the heat. So, I'll start riding later and later in the year so as to get the body used to 100+ temperatures, come june, July and August. Right now I often do two two-hour workouts per day. I listen to my body. For replenishment I have Gatorade and honey. Anything else is extra and not really needed by my "bod".
I live in Florida, too (West Palm). From June through September, it's really hit or miss whether you can ride after 5:00, since storms pop up pretty much every night and don't settle down until the sun sets. I will run after 6:00 or 7:00, but not ride or ocean swim.
If I ride, I will do so in the morning to midday. Of course, first light is best, but if you live in an area where this is heavy morning commuter traffic, that can be a problem, too. I will wait until traffic dies down, usually after 8:30. I use a camelbak with water. I'll also bring a water bottle with Heed or something similar, plus electrolyte capsules. My camelbak holds lots of stuff, so I'll bring a snack, my cell phone, and some money just in case. The thing that makes it easier to ride in the heat rather than run in the heat is that the faster you go, the more wind you generate, and the cooler you feel.
So, if all else fails, ride faster!
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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Slower speeds, not a hilly terrain. And try not to bike between 10AM and 5PM.
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