Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA
Bikes: 1991 (?) Trek 1420; 2006 Trek 2100
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....is not fun at all.
Still, living in Florida, I suppose I should get used to it. Did 105 miles yesterday, the first 70 were GREAT. Took me a little under 4 hrs., which for me, solo and carrying all my gear, is good. The last 30 were the pits...took me 3 hours!
I started the ride at 4:45 am, so the first 4 hrs. were nice and cool with no wind. Unfortunately, by 9am it was in the mid 90's and the humidity was 75-80%. By 10am, it was 97 F. Those last two hours especially were horrid.
The weird thing is, I figured since I was slowing down sooooo much in the last 30 miles, I'd be fried for the rest of the day. I wasn't. Once I got home and in some air conditioning, I felt great...no soreness, headaches, etc..
I drank 8 L of fluids and ate plenty, and I had to stop a few times to sit in the shade for a few minutes and pour some H2O on my head/neck. I also slammed some V8 (in addition to my gatorade) to replace sodium and potassium. I think I was adequately hydrated and fueled.
Anyway, if any of you all have some tips on keeping the speed up in these conditions, I'd like to hear 'em. I've been riding monthly centuries down here for over a year, but the heat always murders me when it gets this hot.