Florida, so hot right now. Florida.
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 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.