|A bottle of frozen water beats the heat longer than mere ice water.|
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Great idea for biking through excutiating summer heat
Prior to moving to Phoenix I sought out tips on biking through extremely high summer temperatures and received a lot of advise, much of which I've tried to follow. Starting out on my trips as early as possible is a good rule to follow whenever possible. Keeping a sweat rag near at hand is also a good recommendation as perspiration accumulates on my brow in no time, regardless of how early I begin my ride. Hydration, obviously, is vitally important. It is on this subject I received some of the best advice: start out your ride with a bottle of frozen water!
No kidding! This was great advice. I noticed right away that even with a bottle of ice water, it warms up very quickly when it's 100+ degrees outside. For the last week, I've kept a ready supply of frozen water bottles in the freezer, pulling them out just before I leave the house to start out on my bike. Yes, the ice begins to melt as soon as I leave the house but I've still got cold water with me when I arrive at my destination. And cold water is drinkable water; warm water not so much. In other words, I stay hydrated.