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bbeck 06-14-10 08:11 AM

I tried for a metric but the heat said no!
 
I left out around 7:00 AM Saturday with expectations of putting some miles on the bike after adding knee savers last week. I have been noticing now that i can ride further distances that im having a lot of sooarness in my left knee. after talking to the LBS we decided that knee savers would help to align my knee's to the pedals.

I felt great when I left out Saturday morning. I climbed the ridge and on the country sides of Sumner County. I did not push my self hard because we were already around 80 degrees with high humidity at daybreak. the first 25 miles were not bad I made a few pit stops when needed. but by the time i hit mile 30 the heat index was at 100 degrees. I found myself having to stop more frequently to catch my breath and just wasnt enjoying myself. at one of my rest stops my wife called and had left work early. I called in the calvary at mile 38. I was still 20 miles from home and she was worried about me so I asked her to come get me. I still felt strong enough to make the last 20 miles but my breathing was labored and finding it harder to catch my breath. needless to say I enjoyed the ride home in the air conditioning.

oh and the knee savers were great. my right knee feels great. my left is a little sore but i had a cleat screw loosen up on me and and allow the cleat to position it self in a manner that created pain. all in all im satisfied and will continue tweaking things until we get the fit closer to right.


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not having any fun.

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this little guy came out to visit while I was resting.

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rdtompki 06-14-10 08:23 AM

No shame is bailing in those temperatures! That heat/humidity could get to anyone and big folks are not thermally "efficient". My wife and I tried a 70 mile ride on our tandem last spring on about the hottest day on record for that time of the year (over 100 degrees). Mid-ride couldn't get up a 3 percent grade. Finally, hit a patch of new blacktop which must have brought the temps up to 130 and that was all she wrote. Limped a few miles into town, found an air conditioned frozen yogurt shop and I took a cab back to the start to get the car. Be careful out there in those conditions.

ochizon 06-14-10 08:25 AM

oh, wow was it hot yesterday!!! I went out with a couple of buddies around 8:30, and it was already 95 degrees. By midday, my cyclocomputer was showing a range of 105-110 degrees in direct sunlight. The breeze was like when you open an oven. When we would stop at a light, I would get a cold sweat from the heat. Today, I am burnt to hell!

I will do it again next sunday! lol

Miami, FL here, btw.

Neil_B 06-14-10 08:43 AM

It was hot up here in PA this weekend too. Our BF trail ride Saturday left some riders ill from the temps. And Sunday a lot of riders I spoke to on the French Creek Iron Tour bailed on their planned century routes because of the combination of heat and hills. Most switched to the 50 mile route. I know of only one SAG from my rest stop, this poor fellow:

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gapwedge 06-16-10 08:36 AM

I entered the Tour de Rock in North Little Rock to support CARTI Saturday. I had planned on the 62, but quickly decided 50 was all I wanted. By the start time (7AM) temps were already mid 80's with humidity that you could slice with a knife. The first aid station at mile 17 did not have any food just pickle juice and Heed drink. So I took out one of my gu's and swallowed some Heed. To make the ride more unbareable there was a steady 15-20 mph head wind for the first 30 miles. Thus my pace suffered and I dropped back from the paceline I was in. I made it to the 2nd aid station at mile 30 and finally got to eat something- some orange slices, peanut butter sandwiches, etc. I felt ok leaving the station and it helped with a tail wind as my pace quickened. By this time the sun was beating down and the heat index had to be approaching 100. Then at mile 36 I hit the wall. The lightheaded feeling that you are about to passout. So, I dismounted, drank, and tried to rest. My HR was ok as I had a HRM with me but I was zapped. I had been on a <2000 calorie plan for a few weeks and did not eat a big breakfast and it cost me. I did not have it to even limp the next 15 miles. So, I took my first ride in a SAG wagon. However, on the way we picked up 2 more riders. The heat and humidity was dropping riders like flies. I am still learning how to properly fuel for such rides so at least I am alive to ride another day.


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