|My riding partner Saturday, Joe. (I know- you aren't supposed to take images looking at the Sun)|
I wasn't up for getting dehydrated and roasted in 100°F-plus "real feel" temperatures. The humidity was ridiculous too on Saturday. Above 70%. Plus, there was a 20mph Southerly wind forecast. Yeah......not gonna do it.
My co-worker, Joe, was also considering this ride so we had a conversation and on Friday we made plans for a 40 mile ride. We decided starting at 6:00am, to avoid the really bad heat, would be best. I suggested the old 3GR course, and so it was set up. Joe and I would leave early Saturday morning for a casual gravel ride.
|Headed North, it didn't feel too awful just yet.......|
I know, I was naughty!
So, anyway, I was conversing with Joe and showing him all the landmarks he'd never seen. The "Big Rock", a rural church, the Bennington School House, and eventually Ivanhoe Road. That was when the hills kicked in.
|A field of Sunflowers.|
The hills were kicking my butt in that heat. I was finding certain times where I wasn't doing well, then inexplicably I would find my legs and be okay. It was probably into the 80's by this point in the ride and we were coming around to the headwind section of our loop. I actually embraced the wind, as it cooled us down really nicely at this point in the morning.
|Joe dusting me on another climb while riding his Santa Cruz Blur 29"er|
The "not so fun part" was getting roasted anyway. By the time we were closing out our near 40 miles I was feeling the beginnings of a headache and my legs were dead. No snap. Just spinning now. Yep....I've felt this coming on before. Heat induced fail. Fortunately we were finished before I went into a fetal position in the ditch out there somewhere!
I said to Joe that, although I didn't feel too sweaty while riding, I was betting I'd instantaneously soak out my gear when we stopped. That pretty much came true. But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was being in a zombie-like state for most of the rest of the day. I was hydrated, for sure. I had to stop for a nature break 3/4's of the way into the ride, but I think I needed to have eaten something. When it gets hot like that, I just don't feel hungry. But boy! Was I hungry later in the morning!
Well, obviously, I survived this. All despite not wearing a helmet too. Not that I am particularly proud of that fact or anything, but I will tell you, I certainly didn't miss that brain bucket on that hot, humid day either!