This week a heat wave has landed in the Seattle area. Probably not a heat wave in terms of where you live but it's a heat wave for Seattle. The weather forecast is calling for highs in the mid to upper 90's which is fairly comfortable unless you don't have air conditioning then it's just downright unbearable. Where we live NO ONE has air conditioning including me. As I write this post it's almost 10 at night and it's still 88 degrees in our house. Well, enough whining I'm sure it's hotter where you live unless you're in Australia.
This heat wave has thrown me out of my cycling comfort zone. I've got the temperate cycling adventure down to a science where you start with a light jacket then shed it half way through your ride tucking it neatly in your middle jersey pocket. I've actually employed this technique in the month of July already. I'm also equipped for rainy bike rides in all seasons because that could happen any day of the year here. My problem stems from the hot weather cycling. I think I'm in need of a hot weather remedial cycling class or something.
So here's the dilemma. Tomorrow night I'm planning on going on a great group ride that I'm really excited about but the temperature will be hovering around 90 when the ride starts. My fear is as I ride I could actually melt like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz. Of course, I would call out "I'm melting, I'm melting" before I expire and drop off the back of the pace line. Being that I don't have much hot weather cycling experience I've hatched a pretty lame plan to deal with the heat but it's a plan none the less. Here's how it goes:
- Frozen Water Bottles - Last night I put two water bottles in the freezer with the hopes that this would provide me with some cold water to drink on my ride.
- Dump Ice On My Head - Once while I was volunteering on the Tour de Cure I saw Greg LeMond pull into the rest stop and dump a huge pile of ice over his head with his helmet on. If I we stop anywhere where there is ice I plan on trying this technique out. I don't plan on accusing anyone in our group of doping like Greg has been prone to do though.
- Wear my Canada Jersey – although I'm not Canadian I do own a Canada Jersey (I like Canada). Surely a jersey from the great white north would be cooler on a hot day. I might even hum "Oh Canada" as I ride if I determine that would help as well.
- Drink like a Fish – I also plan on doing a lot of hydrating while I ride.
So there's my hot weather cycling plan. People from Seattle have always been accused of being water logged from the incredibly long rainy season's they have to endure but maybe I'll be completely dried out by the end of the ride. We'll see……