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I did some early, slow-paced hikes this weekend instead of riding. it's so effing hot. how are you dealing this year? hibernating until late October? are you filling your Camelback with ice-cold saline solution and just mainlining it to your arm? Zwifting? riding in caves (I wish!)? just being tee you eff eff and pedaling while the sun tries to kill you?

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I don’t mind riding in the heat but I don’t like the thought of running out of water. Not having water fountains available and not wanting to go into convenience stores if I can help it has really cramped my style. I’m doing evening rides and trying to find as much shade as possible. I’ll probably do a few morning rides if the humidity comes down.

 

 

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I'll have to keep an eye on how the humidity progresses during the day. if I go outside at sunrise, the temperature is not boiling but you can basically swim in that atmosphere.

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We did about 10 miles yesterday evening out at Suburban Ninja and the Church Jumps.  We didn't start until just after 6, but the heat was still brutal.  I didn't notice it so much in the trees, but once we started sessioning the jump lines by the church we all started feeling the effects really quickly.  I did put ice in my Camelback yesterday, which I hardly ever do...

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Riding at WC's shade cover in the evenings isn't bad at all, even on a very hot day. Riding at the very sun exposed Reimer's Ranch Park yesterday late afternoon? Let's just call it heat training.  

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Oh, and we also hit Spider early on Saturday.  We got there shortly after 8:30 and were in the lake at Thunderbird Resort by 1.  I can't imagine riding out there much past noon in this heat, but it honestly wasn't that bad in the morning.  VERY short lift lines were a big plus too!

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Work outside, in direct sunlight so very familiar with the heat. The trails here are tolerable/enjoyable in good weather and anti-fun any other time. Pass until its back in the 70s

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Rode the nut early Saturday morning, wasn't to bad.  Rode Brushy yesterday morning, it was sticky for sure.  Will start riding in the evenings after work. 

Have stopped riding to work during this heat, will start riding again, when we get into the 90's.

 

Hydration is the key!!

 

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I rode with a group Saturday from around 9.a.m to noon, doing about 18 miles from the YMCA to Ninja and back.  Wasn't too hot for me, but I don;t mind the heat, and I ride with a 100 oz. CamelBak with a bladder half frozen water/half liquid water.  Yesterday, my wife and I rode 22 road miles starting around 12:30 p.m. Same thing.  It didn't bother me.

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Did a 30 mile gravel/road ride at the hottest time of the day last week. It’s a brutal. At least on the trails you can find more shade.

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I have been doing shorter rides and though it is still hot it doesn’t ruin my day like sometimes (often) happens with longer rides in the heat.

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I went out yesterday and by the time I had made coffee, fed the kids, and waited for the wife to be back from her run it was 10:30. I was doing okay until I finished the Slaughter Creek loop and had to ride up the hill on 1826. That put me in a hole that I never recovered from. By noon it was so hot and there was no way I was going to finish the ride I had planned so I pulled the plug and took the neighborhood roads back. Don't do what I did. Go out early and take it easy.

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Did 15 today, starting around 10:30. Heat is your friend, but you need to both respect it and understand it.

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I can't ride early on weekdays, so my plan was to start riding late in the afternoon. it will be the hottest at that time, but the humidity seems to be the lowest. I am trying to find a weather reporting service that shows hourly historical humidity levels for the past few days, but all I see are temperatures. I have a route in mind that will be shaded, at least. Shorter rides are a good idea as well.

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I've been going a little later in the day than usual (9-10am) for a few hours but probably will start getting out earlier beginning tomorrow.

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I know a LOT of people who have just plain left town. Between the parks being closed, 'Rona, and the heat...those states further north are looking pretty good.

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It's hard for me to ride in the morning or afternoon.  My normal time during the week is riding between noon and 3pm.  It's no different now.  I'm mostly riding road.  The only changes are I take double the water (2 bottles for one hour, 3 bottles for 90 minutes, if I need to go longer, I put a cooler out on my porch and come back to pick up more water) and I do not do hill repeats.  It's not bad even at 3pm if I keep the speed up.

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I’m just watching bike videos on YouTube while holding a hot blow dryer on my face. Feels like I’m outside.


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I dont wear the chamois and let the air flow.
Hydrate well before and be in tune with my body and listen to what it tells me. Often my mind is willing but the rest of me isnt

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As I enter the next phase of aging (45 now) I can tell the heat bothers me more than it used to. I did 42+ cx miles yesterday and left too late(8am).... at the end I was light headed. I really don’t want to stop riding but my Yeti took a shit and is in need of warranty stuff (we’ll see how that goes) and I don’t love cx rides like I used to. 
 

But, yeah, as someone mentioned, with no water fountains it makes it tough for me to go beyond 3 hours. The ONLY good thing about riding CX is I can carry two large water bottles on the frame along with my 50oz Camelbak Palos. Can also throw a small bottle in jersey pocket, but ugh. 
 

6 years... and definitely counting, until I’m free to move to higher, drier elevation. I’m from Louisana, so Austin is in the right direction, I just undershot it 20 years ago when I moved here (but there are other reasons for that *eyeroll)

Guess I’ll keep trying to ride until I have a true scare or die. But overall I loathe these TX summers. 

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I rode at 2:30 today, it was 101 deg and 40% humidity. The low humidity makes it bearable as long as you keep moving. The key is to start acclimating yourself early in the year.  BTW, LCRA hydromet has a good temp -humidity graph that I check this time of year.

 

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Yep, today 3-4pm 103°, saw no riders from balconies to walnut, only 1 rider on the trails. Walnut is not terrible in the heat, plenty of shade and speed to keep air flowing 

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I’m spinning well before 7am every ride, sometimes even before 6am. Only way I can survive this shit. 

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I pretty much ride dirt all year long and enjoy the challenges the seasons throw at you. I’m all about sun patterns, canyons and trees to help keep me happy- whether it is hot or cold. 

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