Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mas Trails

After a lazy patch post-Populaire I got out today for some trails. I now understand Pondero's wisdom visa vi his attempts to ride very early in the summer heat. I've thought a couple times, "Why can't Pondero ride in the afternoon? It's just summer!". Well, I have experienced my comeuppance in the form of temperatures of around 97F, but truly it's the wettest heat ever invented my man. The heat index is more like 115, supposedly. Last night they reported that the humidty was so high because the moisture released by corn silking all over the Midwest had nowhere to escape due to weather patterns. Huh? Yes, it seems miserable, but I needed to ride after a few days off, so dang it, I did.

It was a good trails ride with nothing spectacular to report. I started in Seneca because I had missed that section last week, and while I had fresh legs I felt quite confident; I generated quite the flow and hit obstacles aggressively. I noticed some 60min later that my tenacity had petered out. I even re-rode a couple sections to challenge myself to develop some better skills. Once I segued to Cherokee I still hit things pretty hard but I felt the heat taking its toll and the sweat starting to escape the doorag and cascade into my eyes. I think I got a little air on the pump-downhill and finished with the descent off Hogans Ft hill. Once at the bottom, there would be no more climbing for me. I limped home via Spring and Douglass Loop and arrived safe and without broken parts (save a funky front mech which will need some love). A good day whatever the HEAT INDEX.

3 comments:

Pondero said...

Yeah, even with the early wake-up, the benefits of riding in the early morning 80's are huge in comparison to the afternoon fun-sapping 100's.

I admire your tenacity.

Apertome said...

I'm glad you got out, despite the heat. I had some really fun commutes in 111 heat index, thankfully today is cooler ...

Kokorozashi said...

I hear you. Yesterday was brutal. I was out before noon, but still felt the effects of the heat (bizarrely, primarily via an episode in which, as I rolled up Iroquois Hill for the second time, my feet felt like they had caught fire). Sounds like you had a good ride, though.

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