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Old 06-08-11, 06:19 PM   #1
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I didn't ride today maybe not tomorrow either

I have been riding faithfully. I commute about 7 to 8 miles a day. On my day off I try to take "power" rides where I ride faster than commuting. Ok its hot here. Hot really doesn't bother me but high humidity does. Just walking across the street I lost my breath. Tomorrow is hotter. Im afraid to chance it so I decided not to ride. I see other people riding and running but they are all thin. Im not. Is anyone else not riding because of this high humidity?
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What's the humidity?

Today's humidity peaked at about 80% or so and the high was 95...I've gotten used to it and I still ride every day in the afternoon (2-6 pm..when it's hottest. Why I do that I don't know). Pretty much a normal summer day.

I just make sure to take plenty of water and breaks when I get tired, even if it's just for a few seconds. Better to be safe than sorry. Unfortunately because of the high heat and humidity, my effective range w/o refilling seems to be limited to about 10 miles out (or 20 miles round trip) or so...because that's how long it takes for me to go through the 2-1 liter bottles of water attached to my bike.
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Old 06-08-11, 07:18 PM   #3
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No humidity here, ok not no but really low 20% today; our temp got up to 105 today. Being outside with the wind is like walking with a hairdryer on high/hot right in your face. Shade helps but the heat is oppressive even shaded.
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Old 06-08-11, 07:46 PM   #4
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Im not. Is anyone else not riding because of this high humidity?
She, I really wish I lived up in your area...Texas is utterly ruthless... 56% humidity today and highs just below 100. I have a theory that the local temperature is directly proportional to the number of rednecks living in the area.

I suppose it is all relative to what we are used to...
I try to do my big rides early in the mornings, preferably on Sunday when the yokels are sleeping or at church. In the evening I wait until around 6pm so that the heat isn't so hellish. But whatever you do, keep hydrated and take breaks if you need them, a cyclist having a heat stroke has a terrible average speed.
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I have been riding faithfully. I commute about 7 to 8 miles a day. On my day off I try to take "power" rides where I ride faster than commuting. Ok its hot here. Hot really doesn't bother me but high humidity does. Just walking across the street I lost my breath. Tomorrow is hotter. Im afraid to chance it so I decided not to ride. I see other people riding and running but they are all thin. Im not. Is anyone else not riding because of this high humidity?
I didn't ride yesterday because of the heat and humidity. Today I went out at seven before it got real bad. Tomorrow I am unlikely to ride and will probably go to the pool instead.
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Old 06-08-11, 09:18 PM   #6
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I don't avoid anything because of heat or humidity. If I avoid a ride it is because I'm lazy, I got home too late, or I need the day off.
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Repent you sinners, you go to hell for not riding your bike, you think it is hot here???

Do what is safe. Take a little ride around the neighborhood, don't make a race of it,
just a ride.
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I'll ride in the heat and humidity. But I go real slow and take lots of breaks. One bout of heat exhaustion from pushing to hard is enough.
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I am in NJ. It's hot as hades here as well. My shop does not have ac so at my desk it was 96 degrees. I didn't ride today and being 100+ tomorrow, there is a snow balls chance I will ride after sweating my fat arse all day. This weekend will be better so I will put in a longer ride to make up for it.
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Old 06-09-11, 02:50 AM   #10
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Ok I decided not to ride. Ill have to deal with hell another time. Its the lost of breath that scared me. I couldn't breath because the humidity. I just started commuting when I get a little stronger(and lighter)sure ill be riding in this weather. But for now I'm going to wimp out. LOL
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IMO the thing to do when beginning is to make an active lifestyle a habit. While a day off is necessary it's when it becomes several days that the warning bells should sound. When the initial glow of activity wore off I adopted the "Showing up is a success atitude." Some days it was only 5 minutes of walking but it was something. This morning try getting on the bike and just ride a mile. Take that trip instead of an all day long guilt trip.
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I wish I could take a 1 mile trip. I work 12 hrs. I get up at 3:30 am and don't return home until 6 pm. The only time I have to ride is when I commute. Family time when I get home BUT I will make up for it this weekend. Planning at least a 15 mile ride.
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I don't notice the heat or humidity when I'm rolling along. Then I stop and it's like my heads to turn into a fountain, covered in sweat.
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I just started my riding regimen this week so I didn't want anything to deter me from not getting out there. Unfortunately, the humidity is down right nasty up here. NY/NJ when its around 100 degrees will have a heat index of 110+. When you open the door of the house to go outside, it hits you in the chest. Being overweight, its not a pleasurable experience to ride/walk in heat like this. I was hoping to get out early this morning to get in a couple miles but I wasn't able to. Tomorrow is supposed to be 80, the Sat 74 and 83 on Sunday. Much better riding weather. My wife is riding with me and we are going to a local trail system. It should be a lot of fun.

She, good luck on your riding. I don't blame you for not going out but make sure you get back on.
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Old 06-09-11, 06:50 AM   #15
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She, it's ok. Take the really hot days off. I'm in CT and have the same issues as you in the really unbearable weather. Don't fret, it's going to cool down tomorrow and for the next several days.
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The heat broke here in southern Iowa where I am for the next three weeks. But it is thunderstorming so no biking yet today.
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Thank you guys. I needed the support tomorrow I will be back riding!
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My commute yesterday in the morning was great weather but by the end of the day it was 100oF with the humidity. I also had a lovely head wind of 18mph which was keeping me cool.

Luckily, my wife felt bad for me and drove to pick me up meeting me about half way through my 22 mile commute. I was glad to see that as that last 10 miles would probably not been that much fun and it was probably not the best weather to be riding in. I would not usually go for a ride during conditions like that; just wait until the evening or early in the morning.
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You are just looking for an excuse not to ride, I tell you, if you don't ride, you will die and
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Ride, but recognize that your limits may not be as high as on days when the weather is a little more friendly.

I went running yesterday, first time since my century, and it was in the mid 90s with high humidity, and I realized immediately this wasn't goign to be a normal run, so I adjusted my expectations.

The way I see it ... I'm out there still, sticking to it, it doesn't matter if I have to "tone it down" a little.
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I'm in NJ so I feel you're pain. I was out on Monday but couldn't get out Tues or Wednesday because of my kids activities. They are going to grandma's after school today so heat or no heat I'm going to try and get out there this afternoon.
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I agree to an extent - but if you can shift your ride a couple of hours to make it more comfortable (and in turn get a longer and more productive ride) why wouldn't you do that? If there is no choice then I completely agree with you and you should get out and ride regardless of the weather - just don't kill yourself.
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Yeah, it's nasty here these last 2 days. Plus, I generally handle heat very, very, poorly. Last three weeks I've been riding a few times a week in the evenings - get on the road around 7:30-7:45, get back around 8:30-8:45. That helped with the heat. Hopefully will get home early enough to try that tonight.
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One thing that people here in Texas do is ride in the early morning and/or after the sun sets. Sure it messes with commuting (especially the ride home which is often the hottest part of the day), but you can get some miles in. Here in Fort Worth there is a Facebook group called Night Riders that was formed a couple years ago for precisely this reason. They're a pretty interesting group of people. My suggestion is to organize with two or three friends and start a Night Riders group up your way and see who shows up.
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I don't avoid anything because of heat or humidity. If I avoid a ride it is because I'm lazy, I got home too late, or I need the day off.
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