Or indeed anything resembling it. Those who have read my posts down the years will know that heat is the one thing I complain about more than all other things combined (and that's saying a lot!). However, I'm beginning to think the problem may be with me rather than the conditions. I noticed it again today on my ride, when I actually found the Burringbar Range difficult in temperatures of just 26 degrees C. Granted, it was humid with a headwind, and I did have 150km in my legs already, but this was a climb that I fatally owned just three months ago in the cooler weather.
My regular riding partner (who has a bigger build than I do incidentally) can't get near me on a bike during the cooler months, but come summer time, I'm the one trying to keep up. I drink ridiculous quantities of water (often exceeding 10 litres a day) -- even when I'm not riding massive distances. When I visited the much cooler Tasmania last year, it took me 6 weeks to re-acclimatise to the heat when I returned home (compared to just three days to adjust to Tasmanian conditions). Who the hell takes 6 weeks to "re-acclimatise" to a climate they've lived in for a decade (I was only gone for a month)?
A "good night's sleep" in summer is anything exceeding 4 hours, yet I don't have this problem in "winter". Heck, my thermometer is telling me it's only about 23 degrees C now, but I feel like turning on the fan -- this happens frequently.
On the other side of the coin, I'm the absolute last one to reach for arm-warmers or any extra layers when the temperature drops (rare around here). I have no fear of "getting cold" when it rains (which seems to be a factor for just about everyone else I've ever ridden with). I've said on the forum repeatedly that 12 degrees C is the ideal temperature for human habitation, and I mean it! In short, I seem totally unable to handle the heat, but seem much happier when the temperature drops.
Those who have met me or seen any of the pictures of myself I've posted on these forums will know that I don't have a lot of body fat. I'm the best part of 6' tall, but I only weigh 62kg. Shouldn't this mean that I'd be more comfortable in the warm weather than the cooler weather? Or does the notorious Queensland humidity throw all of that out the window (I grew up in a much drier climate)?
WTF is going on?