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Riding in the heat. Paceline or solo.

Old 07-19-15, 03:13 PM
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Riding in the heat. Paceline or solo.

After a solo ride in the heat i had lot's of comments from guys coming back from a group ride complaining how hot it was.
Are you better off on a hot day being cooled by the air you are riding into or taking advantage of paceline drafting but staying out of the breeze?
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Old 07-19-15, 03:16 PM
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Still plenty of air cooling you when riding in a paceline. In fact, if it's a fast paceline you'll be getting similar airflow as riding solo but you'll just be going faster. Don't think it makes much difference.
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Odds are that the benefits of the paceline offset the effects of the lost breeze.

However be aware that being very hot makes you spacey and slows your reflexes somewhat. So you might want to make allowances if riding in close quarters.
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I would vote paceline. In the heat at effort your heart is pulling double duty supplying oxygen and acting as coolant pump. Dropping the effort level by drafting seems the better way to go. I noticed my hr up today though i didn't feel like I was working hard. I bet it was the heat.
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Old 07-19-15, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by PRus View Post
Are you better off on a hot day being cooled by the air you are riding into or taking advantage of paceline drafting but staying out of the breeze?
If a paceline was just brutally hammering along in the same conditions that one was just out plootering along in it would seem hotter to those putting out a harder effort.
Work = Heat.
A paceline does not lack ventilation.

Riding in a paceline does require practice, etiquette and common sense: drinking copiously, swapping empty bottles for full and adjusting one's costume are done At the Back.

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On hot days, I like riding solo. This allows me to ride at a pace that is good for my needs and also stop and rest as needed.
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Paceline.
Yesterday, on the way home I was SO glad to meet up with some other riders. I really wanted to get the ride over with, but I tend to drag too much when it's hot, and sort of wallow in misery. But there's nothing like seeing someone I might catch to take my mind off the misery, or having someone on my wheel to motivate me to keep up the pace.
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I usually work harder in a paceline or groups in general. I imagine many others are the same. So the comparison might boil down to a paceline is hotter because you are using more overall energy despite the drafting.
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Originally Posted by fbinny View Post
odds are that the benefits of the paceline offset the effects of the lost breeze.

However be aware that being very hot makes you spacey and slows your reflexes somewhat. So you might want to make allowances if riding in close quarters.
absolutely!
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