Thanks for the tips, Don and others. I've been a little down lately, knowing that summer is here and that I am useless in the heat. I take blood pressure medication, which compounds the intolerance to heat, so I tend to shut down in the summer time...which leads to weight gain. I'd really like to stop this trend, so I am always interested in reading about ways to stay active when the thermometer climbs into the 80's, 90's and higher. I've seen the cool cloths that you get wet, wring out, then "snap" to keep cool. I'm not sure, but I think Wal-Mart may carry them in their "as advertised on t.v." section. I'll certainly try some of your suggestions.
I have one of those "rags" (cannot think of the proper name for them but it reminds me of a shammy cloth or a micro fiber cloth, one that you get wet, ring out and it stays cool for hours), I ride with it (ends tucked down in my shirt collar so it doesn't blow off) it helps a lot. I have splashed the water couple of times to.
The body acclimatizes to the heat somewhat IF you regularly exercise in it. It starts sweating earlier (thus keeping a stable temperature, rather than the body overheating and then having to sweat more to bring your temperature back down), and also becomes better at conserving salts rather than sweating more regularly. If you keep up a regular riding schedule in the warmer months, you are more likely to adapt.
Also, on longer rides, when you refill your bottles, splash some water over yourself and your jersey. So while you still leave the water point with full bottles, for about 10 minutes after restarting, your body will be cooled through the splashed water, and you can avoid sweating for that period, conserving body fluids, and more importantly, electrolytes.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Hey, (I am a regular on Spark but don't post or reply much) but anyhoo, I am an early morning biker, love the morning time, riding at 6 a.m. watching the sunrise, birds singing, yes love those morning bike rides, runs or just walking, an early riser here.....:0)
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