Another thing I have learned is that sometimes the best way for me to cool off is to CONTINUE RIDING--pedal slowly, no hills, just to generate a breeze. When I stop, I get that rush of heat and usually feel worse. I know--I didn't quite believe in that until the first time I had to stop on a hot day, and then threw up. But as soon as I started to pedal again, I felt better with the breeze.
Drink often, even before you think your thirsty! I did a century once and got heat exhaustion and actually had to stop only 2 miles from my house but I was so dead I almost fell off the bike. At that point I knew I wasn't gonna make it all the way and had to call for a ride home.
Humidity ... June & July are the two driest months in the Lower Mainland - avg is 75% and our record temperature ever was 88°F or 31°c so we don't suffer unduly but we still complain when it hits the high 20's !
Seriously, though, when it goes over 20, I always drink a large glass of orange juice and one of water before setting out and always take two water bottles. On the hottest days I stop at a water fountain to refill them - usually only once per ride.
Tips: know where the water resupply spots are !!
Always wear sunscreen - 'specially you & me, BaldyJohn so we don't get funny marks from the slots in the helmet !!
C'mon Bruce's New Bike !!
Edited by: FALCONFLEWAWAY at: 6/22/2007 (18:31)
Fitness Minutes: (31,713) Posts: 2,093 6/22/07 2:26 P
I did a lot of hot weather riding last year. I ride home most Fridays because I get off work at noon on Fridays. The temperature for most of those Fridays was in the low 100’s. It is a dry heat here. I prefer not to ride in that heat but I needed to get my mileage in. Here’s my advice:
Take it slow the first few rides. Build up your endurance. Take plenty of water: a camelback loaded with ice helped to keep my core a little cooler Take more breaks than you think you need Know how your body feels, the beginning signs of heat stroke and STOP if you have any of those signs. I had always had ride back-up which was a family member who knew my route and I checked in with them on a regular basis during the ride. Wear sunscreen SPF 200, if you can find it! I would keep a look out for water sprinklers in the parks that I passed and would stop and take a quick shower to cool me off.
Keep in mind these ride were usually @4-5 hours.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. African proverb
My advice would be the same! I find that waiting until evening works best for me, it's at least a little bit more tolerable. Although, when mtb in the woods (during humid weather) it can still be pretty gruesome!
I'm sure people have lots of great advice, and I'm interested to hear what people come up with as well. My advice is to ride early morning or late evening. I'm more of a morning person, so I like to get out at sunrise. It's better than a cup of coffee.
Well everyone, as you know it's June and it's getting hot! Not to mention humid! (I said not to mention humid) Does anyone have any great tip(s) for a Newbie to ride in hot & humid weather? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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