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Old 06-20-23, 09:26 PM
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I really hate riding early. Well, I used to commute and was on the road by 6, but once retired -- nope, not happening. We have large organized metric 100 in April and full 100 in Sep -- both start at dawn and I really don't like it. This time of year sunset in HI is 7:15 pm or so; I like to go out around 4 or so and get back at dusk (which is very short here). As the sun is setting behind the Waianae Mtns the winds are usually fairly strong so it's cooling. Then there's the typical late afternoon "mauka" mist to cool you off as well (and give stunning rainbows).

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Old 06-20-23, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by big john
I have 62 posts in that thread but the last one was 9 years ago. I usually don't have pics from my rides but here are a couple.


You have beautiful country to ride in.
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Originally Posted by jon c.
That's winter for me, but I wait until it's at least 65.

I'm not an early riser so I seldom get started before 10 am. Often more like noon. In the summer I love riding in the heat so I don't mind 95 degrees at all. With the humidity here it seldom gets much warmer than that, Many years ago I lived in Tucson, AZ where 105+ was common. With the dry air that didn't feel any hotter than 95 in Florida.

(Living in the Florida panhandle it's colder than the rest of the state in the winter and generally warmer in the summer.)
I just meant it doesn't get that cool here for a long time.
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Now that it is summer, I will be getting going about sunup most days so I can get in 3+ hours of riding before it gets hot. If I'm doing a shorter ride, I may get going a bit later. In the winter, I'll ride in the afternoon when it's warmest. Though adjustments are often made to avoid windier weather.
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
You have beautiful country to ride in.
Yes, I'm lucky to live near these places. The mountain bike pic is a 45 mile drive from home but the others can be reached by bike, including this one.
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Old 06-20-23, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
With all you folks riding - why don't we see more pics in the 'Did you ride?' thread?

Personally, I love sunrise pics.
edit: Personally, I love your sunrise pics.

Just do it, or it didn't happen.
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Old 06-21-23, 12:50 AM
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Texan here too. I work diligently on my heat adaptation every year, starting in early spring with midday rides, runs or walks. But this time of June always hits hard because typically there's a sudden 20 degree spike in temperatures from springtime 70s-80s to 100F. It's not just this year. Thanks to that "memory" doodad on Facebook and Strava I get reminders that this is a pretty typical mid-June thing.

If I'm riding at dawn it's because I never went to bed. After getting out of the Navy and workaday life I never really adapted to being a morning person. I'm a night owl and nothing will change that. In fact, it's nearly 2 AM here and I'm considering a bike ride after I eat, mostly to check some adjustment to my bike after swapping from a 13-25 to 13-28 freewheel on my old Centurion Ironman steelie. I strained a calf muscle during a running session speed drill a few days ago and need an easier hill gear until the muscle heals.

The past couple of weeks I've waited until mid-afternoon to go out for my usual run, jog, walk or bike ride. I wear a heart rate monitor to check my perceived effort against my body. I carry water with electrolytes in a thermos with ice, which stays cold for an hour and cool for 2-3 hours. Due to the ridiculous combination of heat and humidity putting the "feels like" over 100, I've mostly been taking brisk walks of 3-5 miles, with a few strides of around 75% effort for 30-60 seconds at a time. I felt better Tuesday afternoon than previous days so the heat adaptation is coming along normally.

I usually avoid group rides during my heat adaptation phase because it's a very individual, personalized thing. I don't want to match anyone else's pace or effort even for a minute. I've seen other cyclists my age pass out from heat despite being stronger cyclists than I am, because they weren't adapted to the heat and the ride leader was showing off, pushing too hard, or neglecting to check that some of the group were suffering. But by July-August I'll join group rides with compatible cyclists again -- meaning, for me, over age 60, or younger folks who are willing to putter along at 12-16 mph. My days of 20+ mph group rides are over so I don't tag along with most younger or stronger riders anymore.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
With all you folks riding - why don't we see more pics in the 'Did you ride?' thread?

Personally, I love sunrise pics.
OK - you inspired me...
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
With all you folks riding - why don't we see more pics in the 'Did you ride?' thread?

Personally, I love sunrise pics.
I posted this in the bike by the water thread... I'm not a good photographer, but this is a decent sunrise pic, Sun peeked thru the clouds for a split second.

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The reason I ride early, whether it be on the road or on the rollers, is as the day goes on, my life gets to be more time consuming. And that, led to many missed opportunities to ride.
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Weekdays, I get up before 5, drive to a park n ride, start riding around 5:40. This morning it was 70-75F. Getting a little over 100 in the afternoons. But the low humidity makes that easier.
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Old 06-21-23, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by locolobo13
Weekdays, I get up before 5, drive to a park n ride, start riding around 5:40. This morning it was 70-75F. Getting a little over 100 in the afternoons. But the low humidity makes that easier.
Our morning low temp has been around 80, high around 100 and high humidity. The past few days and today we have an excessive heat warning with the heat index around 120.
The humidity should byrn off soon, I hope.
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I live in Southern California near the coast, so working around temperatures isn't an issue, although wind can be.
I usually start after the morning traffic has died down and try to finish before the on-shore winds kick up too much, - anywhere in the 8:30 am to 1:30 pm window usually.

When I was working, I'd ride after work on weekdays starting about 6:00 pm but daylight considerations limit ride time - doesn't feel safe riding after dark around here.
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Typically if I am riding just for the fun of it with no obligations I try to be out of the house by 8 am giving me until 12 or 1 to be back. But in my part of the world (though not daily) if it is going to be windy it usually starts about noon or later. I try and avoid riding if the winds are going to be over 25mph. Unless it is for commuting then I will go to a 35mph wind. Because my commutes are no longer than 7 miles I figure you can do 7 miles before you notice that the wind sucks. Also when commuting I work on Saturday afternoons so I leave the house as late as 1:15pm and leave work at 7:30pm. Riding times are subject to change.
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Old 06-21-23, 08:14 PM
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Head out between 11:00 and one depending if it is my day to walk the pooch.




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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
Its really hot here in Texas with heat index values around 115-120. It stays hot after dark.
I am thinking about getting out at sunup or just after. It is bearable until around noon.
When do yall get out to ride?
During the work week, I am out of the house and on my bike by 4:30 AM. I like to ride before going to work. It is quiet on the streets of suburban Los Angeles with very few cars. On the weekends, I am out of the house by 5:30 AM.
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I go to bed at 9 pm or shortly thereafter and wake up at 4 am or shortly thereafter, 7 days per week (no alarm clock needed when your sleep schedule is this regular). I love getting out at first light, to avoid traffic, heat, and strong sunlight, as well as crowds if I am going to the gym or doing some grocery shopping. (There is great camaraderie among us 6 am gym rats, many of whom are fellow senior citizens, or getting there, at the local YMCA.)
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When I lived in the Dallas area I stopped riding during the summer months. In California my speed and distance was limited by my legs and aerobic conditioning. In Dallas it was limited by my body's core temperature and so I found I needed to do like most people and join a gym and use a stationary bike in an air conditioned space.

Where I live it seldom gets above 75 degrees during the summer but I try to ride early in the day to avoid the strong winds off the ocean that usually begin around 11 a.m.

The Olympics people held a marathon qualifier in Dallas while I was living there and a local runner died during the race of heat stroke. It is not something to take lightly.
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Originally Posted by Calsun
When I lived in the Dallas area I stopped riding during the summer months. In California my speed and distance was limited by my legs and aerobic conditioning. In Dallas it was limited by my body's core temperature and so I found I needed to do like most people and join a gym and use a stationary bike in an air conditioned space.

Where I live it seldom gets above 75 degrees during the summer but I try to ride early in the day to avoid the strong winds off the ocean that usually begin around 11 a.m.

The Olympics people held a marathon qualifier in Dallas while I was living there and a local runner died during the race of heat stroke. It is not something to take lightly.
I got out late this morning. Temp about 90 but the humidity is high. Dew point at 71. It was like riding in a sauna and very different yhat the gym.
I have to get out earlier.
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I live in a tropical climate. This time of the year all my rides begin with lights and are over by 900 am. I have always been a morning person, and I am rewarded each day with an incredible sunrise. I also use a day time flashing light too. Have fun
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When I'm in NYC: on very rare occasions I will get up at 5:00AM so that I can get to a Club ride that starts at 5:45AM. Very rare. More commonly I'll get up at 5:30AM for a Club ride that starts at 6:15AM. And even more commonly, I'll wait until ~6:00PM and do a solo ride in the evening.

When I'm in Arizona -- at least in summer time -- the Club rides start by 5:30AM, so I need to get up even earlier! Or, I'll do a solo ride in the evening, starting after 6:00PM or even later. (Though I only just recently learned of a couple of evening group rides here during the week, so I may check them out.)

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Before I retired, I'd have to leave home by 4:30AM to be at work by 5:30AM. For much of the riding season, it meant starting in the dark and watching the sun rise during my commute. Now that I'm retired, I'm not so motivated to start early, unless the forecast is for extreme heat.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Before I retired, I'd have to leave home by 4:30AM to be at work by 5:30AM. For much of the riding season, it meant starting in the dark and watching the sun rise during my commute. Now that I'm retired, I'm not so motivated to start early, unless the forecast is for extreme heat.
i am also retired and usually dont get up very early-usually 7:30-8:00.
Extreme heat was the reason I started this thread. Here in Texas we are used to hot summers but at the time I originally posted this question we were having extreme heat warnings- temps over 100* with heat index values near 120* due to the high humidity. It felt like riding in a sauna. Its still hot but not deadly heat. I really need to get up and out by 6:00. I have to be back in time to take my wife to work-usually 8:30-9:00. I am usually back home by 10:00 but the temp is around 90* or more by then.
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Great pix! Is that Harper's Ferry?
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Here in NE CT it's been close to 100F for two days. I'm up around 5 AM every day to let my dog out. I would love to be out by 7 AM every day but I have a SO who gets up around 8-8:30 AM and she would be unhappy if I went out without her. So, I wait.
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