Yesterday in Minneapolis it got to 97 degrees and to 110 in terms
of the heat index (which is what the temperature combined with
the humidity feels like to the body). There was also a pollution
alert which is the second one I can ever remember.
My friend and I had decided to go riding without actually being
totally aware of what the weather was going to be like.
I usually have my camelbak with me and yesterday was no
exception - I fill it partially with ice cubes and then fill it with
water all the way to the top. The ice cools the water and it
in turn cools me since it rests against my back.
My friend and I were about 6.5 miles into our ride when we
realized we made a really stupid mistake by trying to ride in
such conditions (it was a rare day when we both had the
same day off).
I was getting irritable and I knew that if I didn't keep hydrating
that I'd probably get heat stroke or worse.
When I returned to his jeep, I literally poured the remainder
of the camelbak over me and refilled it from a convenient
drinking fountain at the trailhead - it had a spout on the side
that let you run water all over your legs and did it feel good.
Once I had a freshly refilled (and cold) camelbak I was able to
drink that until we went to an air conditioned restaurant for
Well, I ended up going home after that and even in the air
conditioned comfort of home I didn't really cool down until I
went for a swim in a local lake later in the day which helped
I found out a little later that a Minnesota Viking football player
was also out practicing that day and later got heatstroke and
died in that weather.
So, that being said - if you're out and it's really hot make sure
your ride isn't an epic and make sure you've got plenty of water
with you (and sunscreen!).
Just thought I'd pass the word on.