Good article in Road Bike Action Magazine (9/2012, p.54) by Dr. Jonathan Edwards, who was the (American) fill in team physician for the French Ag2R team in the Tour of California. Its about how to take precautions when it is hot and the different attitude between American riders, who believe in taking precautions to decrease core temperature, and Europeans, who believe in just letting the body adapt to the conditions. Ag2R was adverse to using sunblock early in the day, drinking anything with ice (believing it upset ones stomach), turned down ice socks and post ride ice baths and coconut water.
Well, I use sunblock early and Christine turned me on to post ride coconut water, but I really do believe in letting the body adapt to heat. Our air conditioner button is broken in our house and in my car. Our first house, when the kids were growing up, didn't have a/c and most of our cars did not. In our current house we'd turn on the a/c when the kids lived here and it was over 100--but it was a pain in the ass closing all the windows and in our upside down house it was still warm in most of the common rooms (upstairs) while freezing downstairs. Since the kids moved out no a/c used. And my car has a sun roof.
For readers out of the area--the dry 100 degree California heat isn't that bad; more comfortable than a humid 80 degrees back east. The 100 degrees is usually accompanied by a high, cloudless sky, where it feels 115 in the sun so shade is important.
|Back in 1998 I was so cute--as lots of people I saw that day on the 40 mile ride with my daughter on the American River Bike Trail said "oh how cute." No one says that now|
Antioch 97 (15% humidity)
Oakland 69 (59% humidity)
New York City 78 (64% humidity)
Washington DC 89 (50% humidity)
|Outside temperature is the lower number, the higher number is inside the car.|
|Bridge by Sac State that crosses American River and gets you on bike trail|
|(top) I'm by Nimbus Overcrossing (bottom) Lake Natoma|
|Bike trail bridge to Folsom|
|Picnic area at the end of the bike trail-Folsom Lake|
|Distance on American River Bike Trail from Folsom, looks like Tea Party adopted this bike trail|
|(top) Temperature at feed store going down to Rattlesnake Bar (middle) pass Comisky Park which I always thought was in Chicago, (bottom) no big oh wow view of the lake here|
|(top) bottle cage change midride (bottom) in Auburn outside Victory Velo|
|Across from Folsom Dam|
|Late afternoon on American River bike trail|
Unfortunately, just like after doing the Marin Century the other day, my calf is bugging me post ride. Though doctor said I didn't have to use compression socks when sleeping--compression socks and heating pad are back in business.