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Old 07-20-11, 11:07 AM
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So are you riding in the heat wave?

I have been having serious motivational issues. Of course the heat wave doesnt help. Heat index of 116C today? Yuck. Maybe go to gym and run treadmill in the AC.

If you ARE riding out there - God bless and keep up the good work!
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Old 07-20-11, 11:16 AM
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Only riding once in awhile right now.... Company down from up north + like you said VERY hard to get motivated to hop on the bike and ride when it is so hot.. I'm NOT a morning ride kind of person.... just cant do it for the most part. The thing with me.... If I can just con myself into getting on the bike... its okay and I can have a nice ride in the heat. But uggg I cant seem to con myself lately....
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Old 07-20-11, 11:44 AM
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116C ? I'm glad I'm not above the boiling point here . But it is hot, and I've been limiting rides to cloudy afternoons (dodge the rain) and starting early on Saturdays.
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Old 07-20-11, 12:16 PM
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Still riding but , often, less mileage when the heat index is over 100 F.
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Every weekday. It's how I get home. In the mornings I bus, but home it's on bike, rain, shine, 30 degrees or 100. There's some acclimation. The first really hot day can take it out of me, but like most things, you get used to it, especially if you have no choice. My wife has always been a fair weather biker -- if it's over 80, she bows out, but lately the AC in her car has been out, so she's been forced to deal with the heat whether she wants to or not. As a result, he acceptable bicycling range has gone up as well.
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Daily commute has to get done no matter what the weather.
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Only early in the morning. After 11:00, it's WAY too hot to be out riding.
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Old 07-20-11, 04:08 PM
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Less mileage, earlier start and finish, lower effort, GU Brew for hydration.
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Old 07-20-11, 05:22 PM
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During the summer months, heat wave or not, I ride in the morning before it gets too hot.
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Old 07-20-11, 05:26 PM
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Temps are pretty normal for this time of year in Tampa. Low to mid 90s and I've been riding unless it's raining.
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Old 07-20-11, 06:24 PM
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Yep. HTFU
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Yeah I am. We've screwed the climate and this is the new norm. Just water dope and don't get out in midday unless that's your only time to ride, and I do it sometimes. Folks, it's never going to be "normal" again; hell, it snowing at the Tour de France. We can either quit riding or get used to it.
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Old 07-20-11, 07:18 PM
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Unfortunately the only time of day that I can ride normally is about 2pm. I've simply accepted the fact that I have to trade having the ability for nice rides in late February for the deadly heat in July... A pretty fair trade off in my opinion.
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Old 07-20-11, 07:47 PM
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It was 90-100 degrees here in Ga when I was a kid and its the same now. 98 degrees at 9:30 one Saturday when I was riding. Camelbak half filled with ice really helps.
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Old 07-20-11, 08:15 PM
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get your body acclimated to the heat,or ride the trainer...been trying to get in morning rides,some days even at 7am humidity is a killer...hydrate,hydrate,hydrate...and a good sunscreen!
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Glad we're only having a DC summer and not Florida weather. Commuted today. Commuting tomorrow. Might drive Friday. Drinking lots of water, toss 2nd bottle into freezer at office for the ride home. Rode about the same as I normally do in the morning, took it MUCH easier coming home.
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I still ride between 120 and 150 miles a week even during the blazing heat. I pick routes with more shade, I drink lots of water, and take Endurolytes from Hammer Nutrition before and during rides. I don't want to slow down and loose the strength and stamina that I've built up over the year. It's too hard to get it back.
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Riding late afternoon/evening 'cause it's the only open time in my schedule. Hopefully next week I can start taking an occasional morning and riding before going to work. I've been taking a third bottle along in a jersey pocket, which helps a lot. Hydrate or die!
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Old 07-21-11, 09:48 AM
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This heat has been terrible! I can't even walk from my front door to my mailbox without breaking a sweat. I have been riding a LOT less, sadly.
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We've had over 30 days of 100+ temps here this year. Humidity is a constant. I either have to ride in heat or lose the entire summer. That's just life in Louisiana. My mileage has decreased a bit, though, and I throw in an extra rest day or two during the week. You have to adapt a little. But that doesn't mean that it doesn't suck. lol
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Most weekdays I can't get out until noonish so, when I leave, the heat index is over 100 and, an hour later when I get back, it's over 110. This week, I'll try to sneak in a hour closer to 10:00 but, as they say, work is the curse of the cycling class. Keeping the rides a little shorter and slower and drinking a 24 oz water bottle on an hour ride has worked so far.
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