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How have you been training in this heat?(24 posts)

How have you been training in this heat?Fez
Aug 14, 2002 4:31 PM
I'm in the DC area and its been back to 95-100 degrees and a supposed Code Red and Ozone Alert.

When high heat and bad air quality, do you guys and gals take the day off? Or do you just go a little easier and slower?

The heat doesn't affect me much, but all the talk about the bad air quality has me a little worried.

Anyone riding outside in this weather, or are you just doing indoor workouts instead?

I have been riding, but doing fewer miles, taking it easy - no harder than zone 2, and trying to do it early in the morning.
Just ride (but it's very dry here)cory
Aug 14, 2002 4:40 PM
I like it, especially compared to winter. But I'm in the desert, where the humidity is 15 percent or so. You stay fairly comfortable even at 95-100, and sweat dries instantly. I just take two waterbottles, fill the Camelback and stop at every 7-Eleven.
I'm in Annapolisbobwill
Aug 14, 2002 4:51 PM
Same stuff as you've got. I don't mind it at all. I did 20 miles on my mountainbike today, averaging more than 14 miles per hour for the whole day. I would have gone longer, but one of my old highschool friends called me, so we hung out after I cut my ride short.
I just make sure to bring all the water I can.
I'm in DC too your best bet is to ride in the morning...Djudd
Aug 14, 2002 5:13 PM
before the heat and the air get too bad. I ride for an hour in the morning at about 5:30. I get in a few miles and save the long stuff or the weekend.
I don't worry too much about the heat, the bad air really makes me apprehensive. The very thing I do to keep myself healthy could be jeopardizing my health. Durn cars!!!
have to keep ridingDaveG
Aug 14, 2002 5:16 PM
I'm in the same heat wave here in southern NJ. I'm not sure if its a good idea to ride in this or not, but I'm not willing to stay off the bike. I might take one day off on a really nasty day, but the heat waves we have had seem to last forever. Yesterday when I rode it was still 97 when I started at 6:15pm. I can really feel it when I head outside, but once I get moving I generally feel OK as long as I'm drinking. I think its also a good idea to drink as much water during the day as possible. The early morning ride is a good idea, but I'm just not a morning person so I'm destined to gut it out in the heat.
from what I've read you're in good shape at 6:15...Djudd
Aug 14, 2002 5:24 PM
or not in such bad shape. 11-5 is the worst as far has ozone and its' effects.
Training in Jersey...biknben
Aug 14, 2002 5:43 PM
I've cut back on the duration a little but the intensity is the same.

Not happy about the heat but trying to make the best of it.
I LOVE IT!Ahimsa
Aug 14, 2002 5:54 PM
Soon my brethren, soon it will be -30 and you will all be BEGGING for heat! As the howling winds chap your lips and icy fingers of frost bite clutch your genitals, you will cry out:

"Please! Dear lord! Please let summer come upon us! Oh, how I beg of you! Unfreeze my arse from it's snowy perch upon this seat of cold numbing leather! Ah, but for sun! Ah, but for shorts! Oh, the agony! The agony!"

You'll see.

Enjoy it while ya can.

A. (Gonna go sweat my nuts off now, and LOVE every minute of it.)
Here in Connecticut...bent_spoke
Aug 14, 2002 6:05 PM
It's hot too, but only 92-94 during the day, which say feels like 100+. I've been waiting to go out late in the day & I've avoided the real hot & nasty stuff. But yesterday, I was dead, not energy, no legs. I think that I got tapped out on along ride this weekend & I haven't recovered yet. I think that I need to be drinking more.
Good luck to everyone else, who is putting up with this stuff.

Cooler weather is predicted for the weekend!!!
OK so the heat is not a big problem, but what about the ozone?Fez
Aug 14, 2002 6:08 PM
Is it detrimental to be working hard in our polluted environment?
Ozone is not a problem.SnowBlind
Aug 15, 2002 6:55 AM
Much worse inside your office, your house or garage after running the dryer, or after a rainstorm. Yes, high levels CAN cause problems (~2% concentration), but that level is 10 or 20 times what you see even on a bad air day.
What is bad is that it's presence indicates that lots of yucky stuff is in the air.
Expensive to track the thousands of chemicals that make up "brown stuff", cheap to monitor ozone, so they track the ozone, even though it really isn't the problem.
How have you been training in this heat?EricBH
Aug 15, 2002 3:22 AM
When I have to ride on hot days I keep the intensity down a bit and stay aerobic. On the really hot ones 100 - 105 heat index I fit in an indoor workout with weights and some aerobic stuff.

I have found myself looing forward to xc-skiing allready. Never fails when I'm road riding in the cold during February, I'm thinking about spring and summer biking. Late summer I'm thinking cyclo-cross and skiing and so on......
re: How have you been training in this heat?tarwheel
Aug 15, 2002 3:57 AM
In the Southeast, if you don't ride on the hot humid days, you might as well put away your bike for the summer. We've had about 50 days over 90 so far in NC, and we've still got about 6 weeks of summer weather left. I generally ride after work on the weekdays, when temperatures are near the peak, but leave in the early morning on longer weekend rides.

There is a certain amount of acclimatizing that your body goes through in adjusting to the high heat and humidity, so it does get a little easier as the summer goes on. However, I still take it easy or don't ride at all on extremely hot days -- when it gets up near 100. The days when the humidity is higher actually bother me more, as you just can't cool down. I always drink a lot of water and Gatorade when the weather is hot.
By the time I can ride in PM, storms come through...cabinfever
Aug 15, 2002 4:27 AM
I'm in western Mass., and it was 97 yesterday afternoon. I would have ridden my bike still, but thunder and lightening started as soon as I was ready to take off. So, I took the night off. But, if it is oppressive again today, or storms come in, I'm going to have to use my Cyclops trainer tonight. I don't race much, but have one in a couple of weeks and want to maintain my fitness.
re: How have you been training in this heat?joekm
Aug 15, 2002 4:26 AM
I'm in Delaware - pretty much the same deal temperature wise. I keep my bike at work during the week and usually ride during my lunch hour (11.6 m loop) when the weather is ok. I am also lucky enough to keep my rollers at work and have been riding them when the heat index gets too high.

I only do about 10 miles on the rollers (gets a little boring). But I can maintain a heart rate between 130 and 150 for just about the entire run.
re: How have you been training in this heat?RayBan
Aug 15, 2002 4:37 AM
Yes I ride in the heat. The one thing that works in my favor is I get acclimated to the warmer temps. I KNOW the pace will drop when the heat is excessive but nevertheless staying hydrated is the key. I wouldn't do it if the heat was something I wasn't used to though.
re: How have you been training in this heat?JS Haiku Shop
Aug 15, 2002 4:37 AM
warmer/hotter = ride farther and drink more, especially electrolyte replacement fluids. i've been getting far more miles in above 95 degrees than below 80. at least my toes aren't numb and blue from 22 degrees, or 38 degrees and pissing rain. then again, i'm pretty much happy provided i'm vertical and the cranks are turning. :)
Lots of waterpmf1
Aug 15, 2002 5:39 AM
and Hammer electrolyte pills -- they work really well.

I'm in DC too and this is the worst summer in a long time. I commute to work so the ride in is pretty good. On the way home, I take it easy and try not to breath that fine air too deeply -- especially riding along next to I-66.

Get out and ride in it -- six months from now you'll be dreaming of a 95 degree day.
Riding thru the summer in Phoenix....desert-rider
Aug 15, 2002 7:57 AM
....hotter 'n hell down here (although, I think we've only gotten to 115 so far...) Two water bottles, plus I freeze my camelback the night before (always melts faster than I drink it), and be sure to get electrolytes. Be sure you're well hydrated (I usually have a few glasses of water the night before, and another 2 in the morning), and get up REALLY early for rides......
Yeah, but that's dry heatpmf1
Aug 15, 2002 8:25 AM
Just joking ... I know you guys hate that.

Heat index here in DC has been 100-105 lately.

Hey, at least your winters are pretty darn nice.
Yeah, but that's dry heat - so is your oven :)desert-rider
Aug 15, 2002 8:49 AM
Yeah, winters are great....the only reason to deal with the summer. But after 5 years here, the 60 degree winter days seem pretty chilly....

The only real problem I have is doing events in other states (last few years I've done some races in CO & UT). They're alwasy scheduled during the 'nice' summer months of those states, which means I do my hardest training during June & July here. If you ever wanted to know what a rotisserie chicken feels like, come down here and do hill-climb July....
re: mnt bikingcyclopathic
Aug 15, 2002 8:31 AM
things aren't that bad in shade away from traffic
re: How have you been training in this heat?mackgoo
Aug 15, 2002 10:07 AM
I just ride. Exposure to the sun can give you cancer too you know.
I get up real early.nm.getoffmywheel
Aug 15, 2002 12:28 PM