Crazy For The Heat
Yesterday was warmer than the day before; 36C in the sun & 29C in the shade. Lovely weather for cycling, I thought.
So in the late afternoon, I set off for Pézenas - a short 16 mile round trip, which apart from the climb up & over Cassan & Roujan seems pretty much flat . . . when you’re in a car.
I should have realised that things were not quite as they’d seemed when on the outbound leg, I managed to sustain 22mph with little apparent effort - even though my quads were sore from the day before’s 10k sweatfest, this seemed easy.
The return proved harder & hotter. By the time I arrived home, I’d long ago drained my 750ml water bottle, and felt very uncomfortable in the saddle (nudge, nudge ).
A few thoughts from this:
o I need to look at the bike’s setup. At the moment, it’s still got the same saddle position for racing with aero bars fitted.
o I’m going to look at clothes. My one-piece duathlon number is great as a base layer, but it’s too hot here for layers! I need a little more padding.
o I’m going to measure my sweat rate this week. This involves weighing myself before & after a training session (without taking on fluids during the session). The difference in weights in Kg equates to litres of water.