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    A Race of Supermen.....or UltraJerks.

    My riding partner Marty and I hit the road this morning...a little late getting off 'cuz we were waiting and watching for Floyd to hit the road first. Off on our weekend metric up into the foothills and back. OK. But it was 104 by the time we hit our loop's apex at the Knight's Ferry General (est. 1854) store and turned for home with the temperature ever rising. Cool....well, not so cool. I lost 5-6 lbs in sweat loss despite hot water bottle guzzling and Marty was seeing visions in the heat....not of pie nor of naked nineteen year olds as I managed to croak out teasingly.

    Made me think of Dnvr's thread on his friend's put-down of fitness. Whether its Dauphin's wife kicking his butt up the daily hill or Stapfam riding in the dark in December or all the others here who do "weird" stuff in some discomfort.............I can well imagine what air conditioned passing motorists must think of us out among the road mirages ...especially with my almost totally gray moustache signaling me as an olde farte (apologies to Dnvr.) That's all-- no philosophical observations this time. Gonna go drink some more. Don't need no FloMax.
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    I can't handle that kind of heat in Missouri with 60% humidity.
    Rode to work in 100+ this past week but was just spinning, as little effort as possible.
    It rained Friday so today was great. I rode 70 miles.
    Enjoy the ride.
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    It was 111 in my neighborhood this afternoon. I just couldn't ride. It's still in the 90's.
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    I did 30 miles this afternoon
    in 114 degree weather in the
    San Gabriel Valley. Drank 3
    liters of water and ate two cold
    bananas from a 7-11 but lived
    to tell the tale. The threat of
    heat exhaustion was real tho,
    and I had to take sips of water
    throughout the ride to keep from
    passing out. But at 55 I was grateful
    to be able to do it and live. :O)
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    Temps just into the 90's and for the UK, that is hot for us. So far the heat has not bothered me on the bike, but Water intake is being kept up on the rides. So are the cafe stops, but we have a rider in our group that rarely drinks. He will not use 1 bottle in a 3 hour ride. How he gets by I cannot understand but lack of water or heat just does not seem to affect him.
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    It was 108 in the San Fernando Valley today, so I drove over to Pt Mugu and rode along the ocean. It was so hot there, and wind off the ocean felt like a blast furnace. I've never experienced that in over 40 years frequenting the area. When I got home at 9 PM this evening the local temperature was 101...in the pitch dark. Amazing.
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    I didn't start till 6:15pm in Sacramento and the thermometer read 115. I ended up doing 25 miles and didn't have much of a problem. I was surprised to see at least 5 other riders during that time.

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    Because I live so close to the Atlantic, the temperature very seldom gets to the extreme level. It's quite a bit less hot in the summer and less cold in the winter. When inland is getting burried by snow, my area more often gets rain.

    Consequently my rides tend to be more mundane and I have less to write about. I envy you people riding in 100+ temperature, with no shade and no cool breeze, drinking hot water. It makes you better journalists.
    Bike riding New England gentleman.

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    If it ain't hot, then I must be dead! Temperature is just part of life. Get used to it.

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    Cooled down a bit here in Central NJ. Week started in 100's. When I rode Friday at about 10 AM, it was mid 90's, hot, but not too bad up on the hill in the shade. Evaporative cooling is great. Saturday was much cooler, but soooo humid that it was ridiculous. My glasses were fogging when I slowed and I was sweating profusely. Today, didn't get out until 2'ish. Humidity was down by then, temp was about 80 and I had a really nice ride. That's the nice thing about living on the east coast - it may get quite hot and humid, but cools off and becomes tolerable pretty soon. Good luck to you folks in the Hot Zone.

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    It was a brutal 83 degrees here today for our ride...... just brutal I tell ya!
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    Katy Texas heat

    My wife and I managed to get 15 miles in and it was only in the 90s. What I'm really worried about is my electic bill. Last month it was $170 it'll probably double that this month. George
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    Back on the bike(s) after a few weeks off, my back has been killing me. Surprised to find that once on the bike things feel pretty good, but still crappy lower back pain after getting off the saddle. 25 miles on the roadie yesterday, early before the heat came up here in Houston, but the humidity is brutal no matter what time it is. 10 on the MTB this morning, riding home after dropping the wife's chariot for a little service. It feels good, regardless of the weather or back pain, probably as much mental health as anything else.

    In the semi-immortal words of Aerosmith, "I'm back, I'm back in the saddle again" ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampy™
    It was a brutal 83 degrees here today for our ride...... just brutal I tell ya!
    Took a 40 miler today with about 3,000 of climbing on our tandem and with a temperature of about 102F. Whew, climbing is not easy on a tandem and my soker was really wasted from the heat, so her output was pretty low. It was fun, but not as fun as 83 would have been. Next Saturday I'll be starting an unsupported trip across your fair state on Hwy. 92, Omaha to Illinois City over about 3-3.5 days (hopefully). Keep it cool and clear, please!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampy™
    It was a brutal 83 degrees here today for our ride...... just brutal I tell ya!
    Ya know, it's been warmer up here in Wisconsin and Minnesota than down in Iowa. Go figure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    If it ain't hot, then I must be dead! Temperature is just part of life. Get used to it.
    I tend to agree. I lived in my current
    location for over 20 years before I
    got even 1 room air conditioned.

    To hear the News Media on TV talk,
    this is KILLER heat in LA and we should
    all lay low and cower in our homes with
    the air conditioner blasting to avoid
    certain death.

    You'd think the buzzards would do
    related stories on Global Warming,
    but their corporate owned
    conglomerates might sh*t
    bricks, eh?

    The Sky is Falling!
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    119 in Woodland Hills last Saturday. High record for any date at that location. It was still 101 after midnight that day.

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    only in the 90's in central Tx

    Rode this morning from 6:45 to 7:30 am. Temps went down to 74 with 80 % humidity. Front blowing from the south/southeast up from the coast meant that 75 % of my ride was against the wind. Still managed to ride it in 48 minutes even waiting for a light & a freight train.

    Tough temps out there in California: you guys aren't accustomed to those high temps but it's a 'dry heat' right? Be careful: heat exhaustion is a real killer & can do serious damage to you. We're all old enough to know our limits & recognize dangereous conditions? Right? Right?

    Only Gary was smart enough to forego the ride and go down to look at his new bikes in the showroom...how did they look today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    If it ain't hot, then I must be dead! Temperature is just part of life. Get used to it.
    Or as we like to say down here in Dixie, "If you can't stand the heat, go back North."
    Stupidity got us into this mess - why can't it get us out?

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