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Old 09-01-13, 08:27 PM   #1
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Finally, a break to the heatwave!

Here in southern Indiana, along with most of the Midwest, we've been enduring a heatwave for what seems like forever, but in reality maybe 10 days. The difficult part has been a dew point between 70 and 75 which seems to be slowing me down when I'm out on a ride. I've just logged a month of riding after returning to biking recently. It's been encouraging to note my increase in stamina and distance, but the weather has made it difficult to feel like I'm making progress. Do others here find that a high dew point has them riding a little slower, breathing a little harder, or is it all just in how accustomed one is to variables like this? I've been approaching this issue by listening to my body while monitoring my speed, distance, and heart rate and just enjoying the ride. The weather forecast indicates that the temperatures will be dropping over the next several days and the dew point will be a more manageable upper 50's to mid 60's.

I've been enjoying reading the posts in this forum over the past few weeks and there seems to be a lot of good advice and helpful observations to be had. It's nice to see such a generally helpful approach and thoughtful comments.
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Old 09-02-13, 08:00 AM   #2
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The heat and humidity came back down here to the Gulf Coast where it normally stays, it seems. It was high 90's yesterday and 90%+ humidity when I ride yesterday. It has been in the los 80's for several weeks here and it was sweet to ride in those temps and, for us, low humidity.

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Here in Vancouver we've had an unusual hot summer, which for the most part is a good thing, except that big cities tend to have low air quality in heat spells. Our surrounding mountains have been under a yellow haze (I was in Beijing last year and it looked the same). Riding to work along major roads my lungs actually hurt when I rode hard. There's a refreshing drizzle today and I'm looking forward to leaving for work. (Time-and-a-half on a stat holiday doesn't hurt either!)
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Here in Vancouver we've had an unusual hot summer, which for the most part is a good thing, except that big cities tend to have low air quality in heat spells. Our surrounding mountains have been under a yellow haze (I was in Beijing last year and it looked the same). Riding to work along major roads my lungs actually hurt when I rode hard. There's a refreshing drizzle today and I'm looking forward to leaving for work. (Time-and-a-half on a stat holiday doesn't hurt either!)
"Seeing" the air can't be a good thing. I wonder what makes the haze yellow?
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I don't deserve, and won't get, any sympathy on weather issues, but we finally got a reprieve from our recent several-day heat wave.
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When I got back from my ride yesterday the temperature was ~90F but the humidity must have been down and there was a nice breeze so it was very comfortable in the shade.
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The haze seems to be the morning and afternoon rush hour smog trapped by the ring of mountains, plus the fact that Vancouver is not normally windy.
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The recent hot weather has been hard to take. Usually by the time August ends, I'm able to ride in hot weather if I stay hydrated. June and July was cool enough this summer that I never became accustomed to hotter days. If it returns to 90 again, I'll end my rides in the morning.
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"Seeing" the air can't be a good thing. I wonder what makes the haze yellow?
Probably nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen oxide; common components of photochemical smog.
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Heat will slow me down and with hills and no shade it is difficult--was riding in 85 degree weather going up a 6 mile mountain exposed to the sun and it was hard--on the flat is not much of a problem into the low 90s--but hill and heat will hurt!
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The mid 90's heat and humidity has left us here in Minneapolis, and honestly, I miss it. I've allways liked the really hot sticky days for riding. Got up this morning and its in the 60's. Winter comes way too soon, probably why I like the heat. Sept/Oct will be my last riding for the season.
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