No, I’m not 25 and hot…I’m more like 31 and hot. Hot weather that is! But on Wednesday it was going to be a hot 25 miles—over 100 degrees. I had to get to work a little early to get prepared for the day so I had to get up a little earlier. It was dark out. The kind of pitch-black darkness that September brings and reminds me summer is almost over.
I pumped my tires (to 140) with the bike pump. I used to struggle with this task and then Michael got us a new pump that’s much easier to use. We pump our tires before every bike ride. It’s a good habit to get into. It gives you a chance to inspect your tires, too. There’s nothing worse than being stranded somewhere far from home because the tires weren’t pumped. (Have you read my post on Tips for Commuting By Bike?)
It was so early the sun was still coming up. It was light enough to bike by the time I left, though. The temperature was weird. It was supposed to be 102 degrees on Wednesday. At 6:40am it was in the mid-60’s. A weird, in-between temperature that makes it difficult to dress properly. Jacket? No jacket? Arm warmers? I set out with my jacket on and after two miles I stopped to switch to the arm warmers.
It was quiet out that early. I biked my route with no issues. I need to find a new route for part of the commute. There’s one back street that I ride on from our house with the worst roads. I think biking on cobblestone would be more comfortable. They really need to repave.
The Springwater Trail was empty (is everyone still on vacation?). I felt like I was really slow for most of the morning commute. I wasn’t tired, it just felt like my quads were not cooperating. They were working really hard and not getting me anywhere very quickly.
It definitely felt like I was biking against the wind the entire 12.27 miles. I got to downtown and made it into work at my normal pace, despite my slow legs.
Time: 1 hour
Calories Burned: 510
Distance: 12.27 miles
I like seeing a number like that! For my morning snack I ate some Trader Joe’s cottage cheese.
I ate my hard boiled egg for a pre-ride snack, slathered myself in sunscreen, and braced myself for high temperatures.
And it was hot! It wasn’t muggy, it was a stagnant heat. The kind of crushing heat that just wears you down. I got out of downtown easily, even though I left at 5 instead of 4:30. I wasn’t too bothered by the heat unless I stopped. I created enough of a breeze with my biking to make it tolerable.
I got to the Springwater Trail and stopped briefly to have a drink.
It was half Gatorade 2 and half water. It was very needed on such a hot day.
The heat wasn’t too bad as long as I kept moving. There were a few parts of the route where the temperature was tolerable. The shade was nice.
I felt okay during my bike ride home. My legs cooperated a little more than the morning workout. I got home –dripping in sweat, hot, hangry and tired.
I was glad that I didn’t shy away from riding to work because of the “potential hot weather.” That was just an easy excuse to not do anything and I beat it.
Time: 59 minutes
Calories Burned: 544
TOTAL DISTANCE: 24.64
I had a post-ride glass of chocolate milk but that didn’t help the hunger. I did crash a little bit after Wednesday’s ride. I was tired, hot, hungry and irritable. For dinner we made spinach salad with chopped tomatoes from the garden, black olives, red onion, red peppers, broccoli, beans, sour cream, guacamole and chicken.
I was glad that I biked despite the potential for it being over 100 degrees. I’d much rather bike in 90+ degree weather than run in 90+ degree weather! Finally, tomorrow is the end of the Giveaway. Don’t forget to enter!
QUESTION: Does excessive heat or cold weather impede your workouts? How do you alter your workouts?
Wow …. I haven’t been on my bike in months, being a fair-weather rider. This summer was hot here and then life got in the way. So now that the temps are FAB U LOUS, I have no excuses other than my husband, aka biking partner and caretaker, has yet to lower our bikes from the ceiling of the garage and pump the tires. Any day now…
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I am definitely a fair weather biker too. I am much more apt to bike in hot weather than rain, though. So soon I won’t be able to ride much….
Heat saps energy from me like crazy. I sweat profusely and get dehydrated.
I don’t mind biking in the cold so much. I will bike until the temps dip below freezing, then I am done.
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Yes, I can’t say that I was super energetic on my ride yesterday in 93 degrees…Maybe that’s why I crashed when I was done. Not enough water.
Beth @ Beth's Journey
Extreme weather definitely alters my workouts! If it’s going to be really hot, I try to go as early as possible. I started doing my long runs at 6am on Saturdays, some as early as 5am – yuck! The one thing is, it’s REALLY nice to be done so early in the morning, but getting up early is not that fun. =)
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Getting up that early is hard. It is nice to have the workout done but then I’m dragging butt all day long.
Strangely enough – I dont really mind training in hot weather. But it is COLD weather that really gets to me 🙁
I think I’m with you–I’d rather bike in hot weather than cold.
That hot 25 mile trek will go far in keeping you a hot 31 year old, too.
In Central Florida it is excessively hot 7 months of the year. I work out in doors, in Air conditioning for a good portion of it. Of course in the winter when it goes go into the 20’s and 30’s I will still whine. Maybe I should move to where it is perpetually 60-s and 70’s all year round.
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I know us Northwesters have nothing to complain about compared to you guys! I can’t imagine what it’s like having to workout out in the heat and humidity for so long out of the year.
You are very generous. Many people north and north west beat me up for complaining when they live in cold, snow, ice and darkness for so much of the year.
I hate either extremes – too humid, too hot, too wet, too cold.
I am a big baby. 🙁
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Us Oregonians and Seattleites can complain about the weather better than anyone. If it’s summer it’s too hot, then Fall/Winter comes and we complain about the rain. 😉
I don’t like extremes either. It’s usually fairly mild here.
living in TX I find Im so much more sedentary in the summer and moooove a lot in the winter.
COMPLETE SHIFT from my east coast days.
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It’s funny how things change. I’m glad we are adaptable as humans. 🙂 I think it would be a weird adjustment if I moved somewhere that was hot more days out of the year but I’d get used to it eventually.