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Should I ride in 110 degree weather?(7 posts)

Should I ride in 110 degree weather?Scy
Jun 2, 2001 12:53 AM
For the 4th year in a row, I'm going to be in Palm Springs on business for 4 days in July. It's often 110 degrees F or higher. I'm a bit of a masochist, so I don't mind the pain.

However, about a year ago, I read a line in Bicycling Mag that said something along the lines of this: you shouldn't ride in temperatures above your body temp because you won't be able to cool off your body to an acceptable level. This sounded like total BS and it was not backed up by any scientific/medical rationale.

I'm in reasonably good shape. I've been riding 100 miles+/week with fast groups. Assuming I don't dehydrate, is there any reason for me not to ride in such temperatures?
We do in Texas every summerDave Hickey
Jun 2, 2001 6:19 AM
Just drink plenty of fluids. Bring at least two water bottles and refill them every hour.
re: Should I ride in 110 degree weather?DINOSAUR
Jun 2, 2001 10:40 AM
I don't know where Bicycling Magazine came up with that theory. What that on one of their little blips at the bottom of the page?
Seriousy thinking, you can ride if the heat. You won't be riding with any brake neck speed but you want to stay well hydrated and drink a sports drink that has sodium. The new issue of Runners World magazine has a good article about sports/energy drinks that will be helpful. Avoid riding during the heat of the day and try to get your rides in early in the morning. If you start to have trouble on a ride, don't be afraid to abandon. If you are not accustomed to riding in the heat you could have a problem. Maybe you should make your first ride a short spin to test the waters. The heat will suck the energy out of you and if not done properly you can suffer heat exhastion or heat stroke and permanately injure youself. Do some thinking on this one and do a little research about exercising in heat. You can't play macho man on this one, high heat is a killer. I should mention this too, avoid alcohol it will dehydrate you. I'd abstain at least week before riding. For what it's worth I crashed and burned while participating in a marathon 25+ years ago, in high heat, and I have trouble adapting to heat to this day, think this one out....
Good luck
re: Should I ride in 110 degree weather?DrD
Jun 2, 2001 11:17 AM
Riding in the heat is sort of a way of life down in TX as was indicated above - keep in mind that 110 air temp is generally measured in the shade, and doesn't reflect what it's going to feel like on the road (lots of black asphalt around...) or in the sun... it starts to get really ugly when the humidity gets up there (thankfully, though it gets hot in central texas, it isn't humid - I don't even want to know what riding in Houston is like in the late afternoon...) - if the sweat doesn't evaporate at a reasonable rate, then your body's cooling system isn't going to work too well...

In any event - if you want to ride, get out there and ride! Remember to keep hydrated - drink more than you normally would - also, take it easy (effort and distance) until you are more in tune with what your body can take without blowing up. Also - if the schedule permits, get your ride in as early in the day as you can - it's cooler then (on weekends around here, I generally try to get out no later than 8am for a typical 50 miler - during the week, I ride shorter distances (25-30 miles).
it gets humid enough here in Cent. Tx...nm...dustin73
Jun 2, 2001 7:51 PM
re: Should I ride in 110 degree weather?Canidraftyou
Jun 2, 2001 10:19 PM
Drink alot of water, like you should anyway! Listen to your body, if your wanting salt during your diet, do it. I live in Centeral Arkansas, last summer we had 100+ deg. for over 20 days in July and Aug. At one point it was 107 with Hum. factor of 90%, thats Damn Hot! I ride in 23 deg. with 20 mph winds and I ride in 100+ temp. Not bragging, just saying, do water, supplements and Vitamins. Hey, Hotter Than Hell in Tx. last year was 106 deg. crap! that was hot.

Be safe,

Yes, but carefullyAlan B
Jun 4, 2001 10:10 AM
Know the signs of heat exhuastion. The one time I got overheated was in about 110 degrees in a heat wave in Orang County (CA) last year, riding through the foothills. No amount of fluid helped, only frequent rest stops in the shade (if you can find it). Closest I came to puking, not from effort, but just from heat. Ride smart.