Yep, it’s hot. Not abnormally hot as much of the country is, but normally hot. Of course, for Lewiston, normal is temps in the 90s, so yeah, it is hot.
I’m guilty of not drinking enough. Partly I hate having to make those unscheduled nature stops so I’ve developed the habit of not drinking. Not a good idea in the summer heat.
I felt that heat exhaustion coming on during CHafe. Fortunately I began hitting the water heavily and I felt better and rode faster.
Dehydration shouldn’t be flirted with, though. Note there is the additonal problem of drinking too much and washing out all the electrolytes in your system.
Don’t think most of us will have that problem. Here are some hydration tips.
Hydration in Hot Weather
This summer has been brutally hot across much of the U.S. I don’t need a thermometer to tell me when it’s hot in western Colorado — the icy drinks in my bottles turn tepid in 30 minutes. Partially filling the bottles with ice cubes postpones the onset of hot drinks only about 15 minutes. Even freezing their contents buys me no more than an hour of cool liquid. I bet it gets hot where you live, too — cyclists and other outdoor athletes are the first to notice global warming. And the hotter it is, the faster you lose fluids during a ride.
Fluids are crucial to your performance and sense of well-being. We’re really just big bags of fluid — our blood contains about 5% water. Because water helps keep us cool, a loss of only 2% of our bodyweight as sweat means a significant loss of speed and endurance.