Beating the heat!
Summer in the northern hemisphere can be a little warm to say the least, and training and racing in hot and humid conditions can take some planning to keep your cool.
Timing your ride can be one of the best ways to avoid the hot conditions, with rising early to get your ride in, being one way to combat the heat, where definitely in Queensland, getting out early before or just as the sun rises a great option to beat rising temperatures. Riding later in the day can also be a good option, but the temperatures will not be as low as the morning, and having motivation after a full day can sometimes be difficult when a friendly beverage may be calling you.
What you wear is also another factor that can be looked at. Going for lighter colours can be easier on you soaking up the sun (black helmets can feel like sun is hovering a few meters above your head, speaking from personal experience in tropical North Queensland in summer). Wearing long sleeve jerseys, or sun resistant arm sleeves, can also aid in keeping the sun off the skin, taking some sunscreen in your jersey pocket to reapply regularly is a must. Also, being sun smart and following the slip, slop, slap policy is a solid option to help avoid excessive heat problems.
Hydration is a big factor in beating the heat, and it starts before you even turn a pedal. Starting your ride hydrated starts the night and day before your ride. This is includes taking into consideration what you have done in the day prior and your hydration status. Water vs electrolyte? Water alone just doesn’t cut it at times and too much can cause even more problems with dilution of sodium levels leading to Hyponatremia. Some form of electrolyte can be beneficial in hot conditions. Weighing yourself before and after your rides is also a good way to determine how much fluid you may have lost and what needs replacing.
We hope you enjoy the summer months of riding, the crew at Euro Cycle Tours.
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