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Old 05-27-14, 04:00 PM   #26
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I lived on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi for 10 years or so. When I first moved there, after a lifetime in the northeast, (N.Y. and Rhode Island) I thought I would die of the oppressive heat and humidity which were 93 degrees F and 93% humidity day in and day out. I began to get used to it after a year or two and reached the point where I could play tennis all afternoon long. The trick for me was to drink plenty of water, about one liter per hour which poured right out. In the mean time, friends who were born and raised in that environment would barely produce bit of moisture on their brow while I was drenched. If I played a tournament, an event lasting the entire week-end, I drank plenty of water even the day before the first match. One can do the best one can to keep cool but there is no substitute for acclimation. Glad it worked out well for you.
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Old 05-27-14, 05:57 PM   #27
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the downside of ice socks is the potential for saddle sores when the water drips down your shorts. My preference is to keep myself cool from the inside
The last three weekends, I've been completely sweat-soaked the whole ride, so water dripping down my shorts would just be fresh water instead of salty water. (Usually, drips more on the front of my thighs than anywhere. I've only used an ice sock two or three times.)
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Old 05-27-14, 06:07 PM   #28
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If it's real hot, I'll pour some water out the camelback onto my thighs, soaking the bike shorts... It'll run down into my sandals... wind on cold water does wonders.

I'll also freeze part of the camelback, like some others mentioned.

Tried squirting through vents, you can't do so much that it gets to your shorts. Shoulder sleeves works good too...
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Old 05-29-14, 10:02 AM   #29
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it's amazing how effective ice is at keeping you going comfortably. After years of resistance, I started wearing a hydration pack with I fill with ice at every opportunity. I got tired of running out of water on hot days and the ice helps a lot with keeping hydrated. Nothing worse than being dehydrated and not wanting to drink because the water you are carrying is hot. You can do the same with water bottles. I use insulated water bottles for the same reason.

I suppose it is possible to drink too much water and need electrolytes, but I generally get that by eating.


It's light out at 6:30 nowadays. I think I would rethink the start time. eta, I didn't realize we are 40 minutes ahead of you on sunrise
A similar strategy without the hydration pack is to just take a one-gallon plastic bag, fill it halfway with ice, and tuck it into the top of your jersey on top of your shoulderblades. I made myself a little mesh pack that lets me do this, but also lets me move the ice around more easily.
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Drink at least 4 oz. (1/2 cup) every 15 minutes. Become naturally acclimated to hot weather by shunning A.C. as much as you can.

Recipe: Take a gallon jug and add two packets of powdered kidz drink mix; 1 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp salt; 1/4 tsp Morton's Lite Salt (imitation); 1/4 tsp baking soda; some warm water; shake it and add cold water, ice... This is 1/10 the cost of a similar drink like Gators Aide.

Some expertz will say the sugar is really BAD for U. OK, I have been drinking up to 1 1/2 gallons per day for endurance performance hydration purposes for twelve years... so far. I still can complete 300k-400k brevets at age 68, so it must be a healthy product. I weigh the same 160 lb. as when I first joined the US Army in 1966.
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I've always used a 3L Camelback,

Freeze two 1/2L bottled water.
Slice off the plastic and stuff in the bottom of the Camellback.

Why 2 ea 1/2 L instead of freezing the Camelback or one frozen 1L chunk?

The two cylinders make a gap for your spine and it's much more comfortable. Ice cubes or crushed ice will be gone in about 1-1/2-2 hrs so just don't last long enough. With the two 1/2L ice chunks it will still be cold for 4 hrs and cool for 5 or 6.
Add one L of Gatorade, etc. Top off with cold water.

I'll also carry a 24oz bottle of plain water in the cage and work on that first.

Here's the reasoning.

It gets warm fast.

Straight sports drink is a bit too much and by the time you finish off the first bottle the ice has had enough time to melt and dilute the mixture to about the right ratio.

Camelbacks are also a PITA to fill quickly from a drinking fountain etc. so having an now empty bottle is handy if you need a quick fillup.

today I did 100 mi with an early start, but it was 93 by the time headed back from the half way point. I did drain the Camelback and had to refill the bottle twice.

Drink every 5-8 mi and don't forget the sunscreen.

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On centuries and brevets I carry flushable baby wipes which are refreshing on the face, neck, and arms. Also, rarely, if I have no choice but to poop someplace in the woods.
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Some expertz will say the sugar is really BAD for U. OK, I have been drinking up to 1 1/2 gallons per day for endurance performance hydration purposes for twelve years... so far. I still can complete 300k-400k brevets at age 68, so it must be a healthy product. I weigh the same 160 lb. as when I first joined the US Army in 1966.
Used the way you suggest - small amounts during exercise - no, they wouldn't. The problem with sugar is that the liver can only process small amounts at a time (you're fine there) and that it throws off blood sugar levels (but during exercise.) You are completely scientifically validated, and by making your own sports drink you're avoiding the very high levels of acids in the commercial ones - which destroy teeth.
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This may be too obvious, but wear a shirt made out a fabric that wicks extremely well. And make sure it is opaque to the sun and not too tight.
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