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How you handling the heat?(8 posts)

How you handling the heat?RoyGBiv
Jul 15, 2002 11:16 AM
It's been hitting the 90s in the Great Lakes region for the past few days. We cut our ride short, to 80 miles, on Sunday because that southwestery felt like an open heart furnace. But we read that some folks in North America are really cooking this summer - particulary in the West.
What y'all doing to guard against heat exhaustion?
ride early, lots of water...TomS
Jul 15, 2002 11:26 AM
It's "only" been in the mid 90s here; I deal with it by riding early in the morning when it's still cooler out. Also it's good motivation to ride those steep canyons where there's shade!

One thing I've found is that as it gradually gets hotter, as long as I'm hydrated I don't really notice. Like yesterday I rode from 7am till about noon, got home, took a cool shower and hung out in our basement for a while (no air conditioning), then when I went back upstairs I was amazed at how hot it was. But when I was riding I didn't even really notice it.
re: How you handling the heat?african
Jul 15, 2002 11:29 AM
I live in FL and have to deal with the heat a lot. I take 3 bottles, one water two gatorade and a choc bar. I take money and know where I can stop to get more gatorade. The morning rides are cooler than the afternoon rides. Just ride smarter in the heat.
Here in SLCPhatMatt
Jul 15, 2002 11:36 AM
I do not have the option to ride early in the morning since I have to be at work at 6:30 now. I have just been going to the Gym and swimming until this 100+ heat wave passes. than back to normal, just drinking a lot of water before during and after.

Mattt
ride-swim-ridedzrider
Jul 15, 2002 11:55 AM
Ride to a river or lake swim for a while and ride home. Keeps your heart rate up while you cool off.
Triple digits here since last Tues..finally cooled off...DINOSAUR
Jul 15, 2002 1:37 PM
I go out early (early for me is before 9:00AM). I Keep the rides to under two hours. I make sure I'm completely hydrated before I ride. I set my cyclocomputer to the ride time function and start taking a couple of sips of water every ten minutes. I go through two water bottles (1 per hr). If you start to feel thirsty it's too late. Then when I get home I drink water again and fruit (my favortite is watermelon). I avoid coffee and alcohol...
re: How you handling the heat?comedy-tragedy
Jul 15, 2002 3:01 PM
I'm in SLC with Matt. Last Sat. was the hottest ever in SLC at 107. Since I've ridden in 119 in Phoenix 107 wasn't to bad.

I did 45 miles with a couple thousand feet of climbing Sat. I finished about 1:30 before it got to bad. In 2 1/2 hrs I put down 6 bottles of fluid, and then another 1 1/2 when I got home.

Make sure some of the fluid is sports drink when it's that hot because you really need the salt/minerals too.
Haven't been riding as much as I like.Leisure
Jul 15, 2002 10:55 PM
In previous years when I was almost exclusively mountain biking I would just do rides at higher altitudes. It was a convenient progression because I would be getting healthy in the early season on somewhat flatter trails, and by the time things got hot I would be in shape for the steeper trails. So I progressed easily in my conditioning, could stick with more friendly temeratures, and got more riding variety to boot. For road biking, well, I think I'm just going to be doing less of it. I'll ride almost exclusively mountains until things cool down again. Aw well, I guess that had always been my original plan anyway.