Hey there everyone.
I've been reading these forums for a few months, basically from the point I decided to give cycling a shot back in about march. I rode BMX and then MTB when I was a kid, up through college. Graduated, moved, bike stolen in the first year out of college, and I never went back. Flash forward 15 years, 75 lbs, and god knows how many decks of smokes and I decided it was time to get real or get the diabeetus.
So, I resolved to give up smoking, and try and loose some weight. Now, I've tried this before, mind you, and failed every time. This time though has been different. I quit smoking on my birthday exactly two months ago. Haven't had one since. Longest I've been quit since I started when I was 19. Its going well on that front.
I resolved to work out. I have had success with that in the past, but the problem has always been sticking to anything longer than about 2-3 months out of boredom. I really, really detest working out for the sake of working out. There are so many interesting things I could be doing instead.
Then I hit on biking. I used to do that just because it was fun, right? Why not try and see if the spark was still there? I cleared it with the wife, developed a budget based on savings from smoking (a little paid forward) and researched bikes. I settled on a hybrid due to my prior experiences with BMX and MTB, paired with the knowledge that most of my rides would be on the road given the geography of my immediate vicinity.
I pulled the trigger and bought a new Cannondale Quick CX 5. Not looking for advise or criticism on the bike. I love it. Flat out love it. Have added some Shimano single sided SPD pedals (no shoes yet, but soon, using the platforms for now), ergo bar ends, and a couple cages for water bottles.
Started not being able to go 5 miles in early May. Last weekend I did 15 miles Saturday and 12 Sunday, and Im going to do 17 and 14 this weekend. The spark was definitely still there. My bike is in for its first tuneup these past few days, and I've been missing getting in the wind quite a bit.
I am long term training to ride the MS 150 next April. I need to use the summer to drop some weight, get fit, and get fast(er.)
In the fall at some point, I'm going to buy a road bike, and then push the training more seriously in the cooler months here in Houston leading up to the 150.
After that long introduction story, here's my problem.
In the last few weeks, summer started here in Houston. I ride early, usually starting by 6:30 on weekdays and by 8 on the weekend. Weekdays, no problem, im in and off the bike by 7:30 (gotta go to work, just dropping in 8-10 miles usually) but the weekends, I might be out to nearly 10 right now, and that's only going to get later as the miles get longer on the weekends.
But... its ****ING HOT in Houston after 9 or so. And I'm fat. And pouring sweat. Both bottles are gone or nearly gone by the end of a 15 mile ride with nowhere to fill up.
Any suggestions how to keep cooler, or how to carry more water on the frame? (I do not want a camelback.)