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Florida, so hot right now. Florida.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by  
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July
10
2014

I’ve lived in Florida since the summer of 1989, and while the heat has always been unpleasant, for some reason this summer it’s affecting me more than ever.

I like to ride early in the morning, you know, before it gets hot. This was taken right after my ride on Tuesday, which ended at 9:30 AM. Sorry about the selfie, my photographer has Tuesdays off.

I like to ride early in the morning, you know, before it gets hot. This was taken right after my ride on Tuesday, which ENDED at 9:30 AM. Sorry about the selfie, my photographer has Tuesdays off.

I think that the main reason I’m so sick of the heat this year is simply because I’m spending so much time in it now. I’ve been more active in 2014 than I’ve ever been in my life, and the vast majority of that activity has been outside. So far in 2014 I’ve cycled every single day, logging more than 10,000 kilometers and 336 hours. Apart from a couple recovery rides each week, my rides are usually fairly intense. On top of that, I do all my own yard work, and that’s about another 5-8 hours under the sun each week. All that exertion in the heat and humidity certainly has a cumulative effect.

I took this photo immediately after Tuesday morning’s ride, which started shortly after sunrise and ended at 9:30 AM. Unfortunately the photo doesn’t show how drenched in sweat I am, which was the whole point. That jersey was 100% saturated in sweat, and so were my shorts. I started that ride at 166.4 pounds, and I finished it at 162.6 pounds. During this early morning ride I consumed 50 ounces of water, 32 ounces of Gatorade, 1 GU energy gel and 2 Saltstick electrolyte capsules.

I do these things because I love to do them (well, not the yard work–I’m sick of yard work). However, Lisa and I have been giving serious thought to moving at some point in the next few years. Right now a big out of state move is not even a remote possibility, but that seed has been planted.

In the above photo I’m about 166 pounds (well, I was a couple hours later once I was re-hydrated) and in the mid-7% body fat range. This morning I’m 165.4 pounds, so I’ve got about 5 or 6 more pounds to go on this mini-cut I’m doing. Because I’m taking this cut very slow and even allowing a weekly splurge meal, this doesn’t even feel like a cut at all. I may continue the cut a bit longer than I’d originally planned, so long as I don’t start losing power on the bike. Now that I’ve decided to do Six Gap, any weight I can can shed before then will help a great deal as I climb those mountains.

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30 Responses to “Florida, so hot right now. Florida.”
  1. Alex, a few reasons. First, the language of cycling distance and speed is kilometers and km/h. Second, JSF has a largely international audience, and most of the world is on the metric system. Finally, I personally prefer the metric system, it just make more sense to me than the Imperial system. As you probably noticed, I do try to provide distances in miles/mph along with the metric data, but sometimes I forget.

    If we move, it will be to the coast of California somewhere north of LA. Buck, why don’t you tell these good folks what the high will be on this July day in your neck of the woods?

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  2. John Ventura is amazing to. Mostly new, fairly cheap(by CA standards) and amazing routes to ride from there. And if you want heat training go 30mi inland and it’s 100+ most days.
    Btw I got into Leadville! And I’m down to 165 and still riding fairly strong. Should be low 150’s by then.
    Josh is right. I totally miss thunderstorms. But that being said I have gotten wet 0 times on a bike because it has rained 7 times in 2 years. Also have been bit by 0 Mosquitos or ticks

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  3. Buck, I saw on Strava that you got in, congrats! Leadville is on my bucket list for sure. I know you’ll do great.

    P.S. I’ve seen enough thunderstorms to last 2 lifetimes. You guys can have ’em. Give me sunny and cool every day for the rest of my life and you’ll never hear a word of complaint out of me.

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      • Awesome, I’ve lived near the California coast my entire life (until 3 months ago). Anything too much farther north than that one guy from around Santa Maria posted, and it’s going to be 60 all the time. I remember one summer it was 100 where I lived (Santa Clara), so my friend suggested we go to the beach. We drove the 45 miles down to Capitola (Santa Cruz), and it was 60. This was mid July…

        What is perfect weather for you? If it’s 60, you’ll be happy! The Santa Maria area is nice. It’s not too far from plenty of interesting things, but it’s also not overrun.

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        • I have a friend who lives in the Lompac area, I think it’s about 150 miles north of LA. Highs right now tend to be in the low 70s with sunny skies. I’m happy with anything in that range, and even lower. I love crisp, 55-60 degree sunny days!

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  4. My vote would be for the mountains of Tennessee or Virginia where the summers are warm but not brutal (like they are also in Texas where I live). TN has the added benefit of having no state income tax (also like TX) which is a gouge you’ll face moving to California. Agree that the coastal weather in CA is great (used to live in Northern CA bay area) but it comes with a huge cost.

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    • Tennessee is awesome, but Lisa can’t handle the winters. She HATES the cold. The state income tax in CA sucks but, as my friend Buck puts it, that’s just what it costs for year-round outdoor air-conditioning. πŸ™‚

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  5. might as well do it sooner lather than later so u can start enjoying beautiful ca weather while u r at the peak of ur cycling…when u r at full throttle…every single day counts…so this is the time man

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