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Old 05-24-18, 11:54 AM
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South Texas heat is here

100s for Memorial Day weekend so I知 riding in the mornings until November off bike by 11am and I知 not a morning person. Every summer I get a few bouts of heat sickness but I will avoid that this summer. I said the same thing last summer The price we pay for the mild winters.
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Old 05-24-18, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
100s for Memorial Day weekend so I知 riding in the mornings until November off bike by 11am and I知 not a morning person. Every summer I get a few bouts of heat sickness but I will avoid that this summer. I said the same thing last summer The price we pay for the mild winters.
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Old 05-24-18, 11:59 AM
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I hear it's hot in S. Texas too. I'd rather deal with winters than that kind of heat!
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Old 05-24-18, 12:08 PM
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I'm waiting for it to warm up to 50ーF here. Coldest spring in memory...
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Old 05-24-18, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I hear it's hot in S. Texas too. I'd rather deal with winters than that kind of heat!
Hear, hear. Uh, here, here?
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Old 05-24-18, 01:34 PM
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We hit 95F here yesterday....at least the high-summer humidity/dewpoints was absent. Went out for 35miles at 0530 this AM to get riding done before it got hot today.
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Old 05-24-18, 02:09 PM
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I am so glad I moved out of the middle of the country back to the northeast, that said I rode on my trainer today instead of going out in beautiful 70 degree weather lol
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Old 05-24-18, 02:42 PM
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I hear what you are saying but I like the hot weather. Houston will be heating up next week. Anything below 60 is frosty for me.
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Old 05-24-18, 04:04 PM
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Wow! Sick I guess, but if I "had" to choose between heat and humidity and winter weather, I'd take winter thanks. A decision reinforced, in part, by Uncle Sam.
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Everyone longs for winter when it it hot and pines for summer in the middle of January.

This is the day which the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

- Psalm 118:24

Last year's winter gear is dirt cheap so stock up now and you will have no excuses next January. The same goes for stocking up on summer base layers in the middle of winter.

I moved to the south for many reasons and cold wasn't one of them. Avoiding the heat is fine but it is easy to acclimate. I'm looking forward to many hot rides this summer.


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Old 05-26-18, 11:06 PM
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Last summer was my best in Texas heat since I was a teenager. But I took a more methodical approach after a mild bout of heat exhaustion and cramps in June last year. Helped a lot and I was able to ride during midday heat several times and felt fine.

Besides a careful approach to acclimating, I'd freeze my bottles of water with electrolytes so they'd stay at least cool or tepid throughout long rides. I'd also carry a Mylar collapsible pouch with water/electrolytes and stash it in my jersey pocket. Periodically I'd use it to wipe my neck and face during rides, saving it to drink last only if I ran out and wasn't anywhere near a refill location (even in our rural area there are convenience stores every 5-10 miles).

I'm going to miss my window of opportunity for cycling heat acclimation this spring and early summer due to injury and illness, but plan to walk as much as I can tolerate to maintain some comfort in the heat. Hopefully I'll be in reasonable condition to ride by August.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Last summer was my best in Texas heat since I was a teenager. But I took a more methodical approach after a mild bout of heat exhaustion and cramps in June last year. Helped a lot and I was able to ride during midday heat several times and felt fine.

Besides a careful approach to acclimating, I'd freeze my bottles of water with electrolytes so they'd stay at least cool or tepid throughout long rides. I'd also carry a Mylar collapsible pouch with water/electrolytes and stash it in my jersey pocket. Periodically I'd use it to wipe my neck and face during rides, saving it to drink last only if I ran out and wasn't anywhere near a refill location (even in our rural area there are convenience stores every 5-10 miles).

I'm going to miss my window of opportunity for cycling heat acclimation this spring and early summer due to injury and illness, but plan to walk as much as I can tolerate to maintain some comfort in the heat. Hopefully I'll be in reasonable condition to ride by August.
Yea we've given spring a complete miss this year...today is the 3rd day in a row of 100+F and 60+F dewpoint. Usually tyhis stuff doesn't come until mid/late June...AKA Tour de Nebraska time. Was out the door and on the bike at 0530AM this morning to beat the heat. Last night it didn't drop below 90F until 9PM.
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Old 05-27-18, 07:26 PM
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Yep, weird spring all over. A friend in Chicago said it was in the high 30s last weekend and 90s this weekend. At least Texas had a brief fling with spring this year, a week or two of moderately warm and pleasant temps, and somewhat fewer t-storms than previous years.
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Old 05-30-18, 12:29 PM
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I'm not acclimated to warmth yet, and it was only in the 80s yesterday. Texas heat sounds worse than ours, but ours gets pretty bad, and we have added dirt in the air.
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Went for a ride today in Austin around 10am. Temps were in the high 80s low 90s when we finished, and we must have seen about ten cyclist not in our group. This is a new high for cyclist count on our mid-morning weekday ride, normally people either wait to go later or they ride earlier. The heat is coming though, last year it was ungodly hot it seemed as though every day was above 100 between June and August. Be safe out there and know your limits!
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