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Old 07-02-14, 02:30 AM   #1
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Stay hydrated during your rides

Just a friendly reminder.

Today, I had a doctors' appointment. When I looked at the temp gauge in the kitchen at 12pm, it said 70[SUP]o[/SUP]. By the time I had to stop at 2pm to rest. The temp was 92[SUP]o[/SUP]. But it felt like 98[SUP]o[/SUP]. I never made it to the appointment. So properly hydrate when riding in high temps. I didn't and learned my lesson.
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Just a friendly reminder.

Today, I had a doctors' appointment. When I looked at the temp gauge in the kitchen at 12pm, it said 70[SUP]o[/SUP]. By the time I had to stop at 2pm to rest. The temp was 92[SUP]o[/SUP]. But it felt like 98[SUP]o[/SUP]. I never made it to the appointment. So properly hydrate when riding in high temps. I didn't and learned my lesson.

Virginia here. I had a similar experience yesterday with 95 degree weather and heavy humidity.
I ended up stopping by the river to cover my face in water, two miles later I was at a gas station and getting water to drink and dump on my head. I learned to be a bit more careful with temps above 90, I was pretty dizzy by the time I got home and had to get in a cold shower.
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Just a friendly reminder.

Today, I had a doctors' appointment. When I looked at the temp gauge in the kitchen at 12pm, it said 70[SUP]o[/SUP]. By the time I had to stop at 2pm to rest. The temp was 92[SUP]o[/SUP]. But it felt like 98[SUP]o[/SUP]. I never made it to the appointment. So properly hydrate when riding in high temps. I didn't and learned my lesson.
Are you ok? What happened that you didn't make it?

I hydrate a lot, but I grew up biking in Az, so I know all about that. Good reminder though.
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Virginia here. I had a similar experience yesterday with 95 degree weather and heavy humidity.
I ended up stopping by the river to cover my face in water, two miles later I was at a gas station and getting water to drink and dump on my head. I learned to be a bit more careful with temps above 90, I was pretty dizzy by the time I got home and had to get in a cold shower.
Yes, I should have done that. I apparently looked at the wrong temp gauge. I didn't get dizzy thankfully, just the leg cramps.
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Are you ok? What happened that you didn't make it?

I hydrate a lot, but I grew up biking in Az, so I know all about that. Good reminder though.
I called the doctor while I was laying on my back in the grass of someone's lawn. The doctor was very understanding. If there was any advantage. I found a bottle of water at the grocery store near the office, that fits my bottle cage. I switched from the normal bottle cages available at the area bike shops. To this: TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - Modula? Cage XL
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Being from Nebr, I quite often ride in when the temp is 95 and 90% humidity. As long as I keep moving, no big deal.
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Good post as the summer heats up. I left for a 30-miler at 11:30am Sunday morning with two 610ml / 21oz bidons. It was a great ride out, but I was out of water 2/3 of the way back and looking at a 400' vertical ramp on the return. Those last 10 miles were rough and my avg speed over this route was down 2-3mph, but I refused to consider calling the VMH for a pickup By the time I returned, the heat index was 103F, and I did not feel good! Be careful folks, I'm well acclimated to this heat, but 103F could seriously hurt a cyclist not used to the heat.
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Addendum. I work outside during the summer months from Texas across to Georgia and I've found the time to hydrate is a day or two before a long ride (or work). If you are peeing a lot, often, and it's clear, you are good. Carrying that much water in your body tissue is a couple extra pounds and hurts you on hills, but if you are dehydrated in the middle of a ride, no amount of water is going to help you to finish. And take it easy on the coffee and energy drinks.
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Being from Nebr, I quite often ride in when the temp is 95 and 90% humidity. As long as I keep moving, no big deal.
Good point. Normally, Because of a congenital health problem. The heat would have given me a severe headache that day. But the only pain was in my upper legs.
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Good post as the summer heats up. I left for a 30-miler at 11:30am Sunday morning with two 610ml / 21oz bidons. It was a great ride out, but I was out of water 2/3 of the way back and looking at a 400' vertical ramp on the return. Those last 10 miles were rough and my avg speed over this route was down 2-3mph, but I refused to consider calling the VMH for a pickup By the time I returned, the heat index was 103F, and I did not feel good! Be careful folks, I'm well acclimated to this heat, but 103F could seriously hurt a cyclist not used to the heat.

Addendum. I work outside during the summer months from Texas across to Georgia and I've found the time to hydrate is a day or two before a long ride (or work). If you are peeing a lot, often, and it's clear, you are good. Carrying that much water in your body tissue is a couple extra pounds and hurts you on hills, but if you are dehydrated in the middle of a ride, no amount of water is going to help you to finish. And take it easy on the coffee and energy drinks.
Very good point. They index eventually hit 100 the day I was out. I stupidly didn't have a bottle of water with me. Luckily, I was able to take one metro bus back to a mall near my house that day. I did re-hydrate after calling the doctor that I wouldn't make the appointment. But there was no way I was going to try riding back. The A/C on the bus was a welcome relief.
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thanks for the reminder..I recently got a Igloo(made in USA..I was surprised about that!) 1.5 liter bottle..I will put it in my rear rack pannier.
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Addendum. I work outside during the summer months from Texas across to Georgia and I've found the time to hydrate is a day or two before a long ride (or work). If you are peeing a lot, often, and it's clear, you are good. Carrying that much water in your body tissue is a couple extra pounds and hurts you on hills, but if you are dehydrated in the middle of a ride, no amount of water is going to help you to finish. And take it easy on the coffee and energy drinks.
If you are a diabetic, your urine may just put lager beer to shame. Keep your bottle full of water, even if it's warm...gives you the excuse to stop and refresh anyway.
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Isn't 4PM the hottest time of the day?
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Isn't 4PM the hottest time of the day?
I think it is the tail end of that stretch of heat. 2pm is usually considered the hottest time of the day.
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Good advice. I lived in Arizona for a month, and I remember the advice at the time was to keep drinking regularly. There was so little humidity that you wouldn't realize how heavily you were sweating - which felt great (seriously, 100+ degrees Fahrenheit felt like 70˚ during the late spring and early summer in New York), but was dangerous. The rule of thumb was that "if you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated and are quickly approaching a dangerous situation." It sounds like most of us live in more humid areas, but I think the same general advice applies. I certainly don't realize how much I'm sweating when I'm cycling. Drink regularly.
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I was thinking today, that it was indescribably stupid of me to not have my hydration backpack that day.
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Being from Nebr, I quite often ride in when the temp is 95 and 90% humidity. As long as I keep moving, no big deal.
I do go through ALOT of water when the temp/humidity gets that high. Luckily the trails around Lincoln pass by enough of the parks that I can pretty much constantly refill my water bottles from the water fountains. Not that the city water tastes that great, but at least its cold and wet.
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Being from Nebr, I quite often ride in when the temp is 95 and 90% humidity. As long as I keep moving, no big deal.
Hah! No big deal for YOU! 95/90? Wow. I live in North Pole, Alaska and have a hard time convincing my wife to go out riding if it's over 75F. I tolerate heat a bit better than she does but anything over 75 is hot riding for us and over 80...well..."that's just crazy". I did some riding in Tucson in Feb when it got over 85F but at least it was dry. At your temps and humidity I'd have to bring a handkerchief to wipe away the tears.
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Drink water BEFORE the ride till your pee runs clear, then drink on the ride regularly before you feel thirsty.
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I drank 2 24oz bottles gatorade and 2 24 oz bottles water on a 23 miler this morning, ya don't gotta remind me to hydrate... hydrate or die...
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I drank 2 24oz bottles gatorade and 2 24 oz bottles water on a 23 miler this morning, ya don't gotta remind me to hydrate... hydrate or die...
Sheessh! And how often did you stop for a "nature" break? Where are you in Texas? I'm in San Antonio and I get by with two 21oz bottles for 20-miles. I think the answer is starting your hydration the day before your ride. Acclimation is also important. Don't forget your sun screen!

Did 10-miles today scouting some slopes north of town in the Hill Country. Easy miles (14mph avg) in the midday sun, 95F and only one bottle of water. I found a hill with a half mile 15% grade. Ouch! I'm going to return during cooler morning hours for a few runs at that beast.
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Sheessh! And how often did you stop for a "nature" break? Where are you in Texas? I'm in San Antonio and I get by with two 21oz bottles for 20-miles. I think the answer is starting your hydration the day before your ride. Acclimation is also important. Don't forget your sun screen!

Did 10-miles today scouting some slopes north of town in the Hill Country. Easy miles (14mph avg) in the midday sun, 95F and only one bottle of water. I found a hill with a half mile 15% grade. Ouch! I'm going to return during cooler morning hours for a few runs at that beast.
No nature breaks, near S Dallas called mansfield, I always hydrate a lot but my skin is like a sieve, aka sweat like a horse.

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I drank 2 24oz bottles gatorade and 2 24 oz bottles water on a 23 miler this morning, ya don't gotta remind me to hydrate... hydrate or die...
Hah hah ...that got an out-loud laugh from me! We do a 30mi ride regularly and sometimes we finish a bottle...sometimes we (wife and/or I) only finish a half a bottle. On a 23mi ride odds are I don't even bring water. Maybe it's not quite as hot here in North Pole Alaska.... (more laughter...)
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Hah hah ...that got an out-loud laugh from me! We do a 30mi ride regularly and sometimes we finish a bottle...sometimes we (wife and/or I) only finish a half a bottle. On a 23mi ride odds are I don't even bring water. Maybe it's not quite as hot here in North Pole Alaska.... (more laughter...)
OMG. I wish. If you don't get out riding by 7-8am in south Texas, you will suffer. The air is so heavy you need a plow on the front of your ride and the sun peels the paint off your top tube.
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On hotter days (100F or so), I get about 70 miles to the gallon (usually water with some powdered gatorade).
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