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post #121 of 125 Old 02-02-2010, 04:25 PM
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I'd much rather deal with the heat than extreme cold.. on my end of the spectrum, how do you people deal with that kind of cold.. last year I dealt with the coldest temps I've ever had the misfortune to deal with, and I couldn't breathe. I had to cover my face with something to even take a breath.

In the muggy heat it's simple... drink plenty of fluids and find shade with a breeze when needed. I don't like the 110 heat index days, but to me it sure beats 0 and below 0 weather any day

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post #122 of 125 Old 02-02-2010, 05:04 PM
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I agree! I'd much rather ride in the cold than in the heat! I hate riding when it's 90 plus, YUCK!!! I don't know how you guys stand it!
It's 20F here right now and I just came in from Ice Skating Perfect weather for it today!
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post #123 of 125 Old 02-02-2010, 11:53 PM
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Wow, I wish it would stay in the 90's in the summer here. I think the hottest day we had last summer was around 117 (47C). I know that everyone says that humid heat is so much worse than dry heat but I don't agree. I would much rather be drenched than to walk outside and have my lungs turned to raisins. It gets so hot and try here in the summer that nosebleeds are pretty common and dehydration is a real risk even if you are only out for a little while because every breath just sucks the moisture out of your body and the sweat evaporates almost faster than it appears. I would take cold weather any day cause my philosophy is that you can always put more clothes on to stay warm but you can only take so many off to cool down. There are commonly days in the summer where I will take my shirt off and soak it in cold water before putting it on to go outside

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post #124 of 125 Old 02-03-2010, 12:01 AM
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Agreed smrobs. I went on a trail ride about two years ago and it was possibly the worst experience of my life. It was so dangerously hot, I doubt we should have even been riding. It was hovering around 100 degrees with the humidex and a blazing sun. Despite putting on sunscreen, I managed to burn myself within the first hour.

I spent the next four hours, desperately seeking any shade I could find. I swear I rode half that trail on the side of my saddle, just trying to get my back into the shade. I was in so much pain and agony, I couldn't even begin to enjoy the ride. I also cannot cope with the heat, so between being burnt to a crisp and drenched in sweat, I was sick to my stomach half the way. I finished off the water long before we hit a checkpoint to get more and they had to convince me to leave with them, LOL.

The last two miles, I was done. I spotted the campsite from a ridge, gave Zierra her head and just hung on for dear life. I am amazed I actually stayed conscious. As soon as me and Sonja hit the campsite, we dropped from our saddles, stripped down to our underwear and promptly took turns laying down under the big old time water pump and pumping gushing icy cold water over each other. I'm pretty sure we gave the cowboys a show.

I can't count how many similair experiences I've had because of heat. So far, even in the most bitter of temps, I've managed to avoid frostbite or any other sort of miserable pain associated with the cold. My body was NOT built to deal with heat - I absolutely hate summers here. Between the heat and the bugs, I think I'll take winter any day!

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post #125 of 125 Old 02-03-2010, 12:19 AM
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I have figured out how to deal with the heat, though I still don't like it. I always have my cowboy hat on and anymore, I won't do short sleeves or tank tops. I stick with light colored long sleeved shirts, preferably lightweight cotton. I stay cooler like that than I do in shorts and tanks, plus I don't have to worry about showing up at home looking like a lobster.

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