Cascade Free Group Rides Message Board › Sunday's CTS-RA Ride
Welcome to the first ride of this new series, CTS-RA. Looks like we will have a beautiful day, but HOT.
Hydration: Being hydrated is something you should start doing two days before you ride, especially when the temperatures are going to be above 80 (we may hit 90). Being hydrated simply means drinking a lot of fluids for two days before the ride and then, of course, during the ride. (Avoid caffeinated beverages before the ride, as they actually will work against you.) Pardon the language, but the goal is to be "pissing clear" before you ride. In other words if your urine stream is tinted yellow -you need to be drinking more.
Organization: All four paces will start at the same place at approximately the same time (a few minutes apart). So you can try a faster pace then you have been riding and if you find that it is too difficult, just drop back and wait for the slower group to come by and join on with them. However, remember it will be hot and you do to want to overdo it and find yourself overheating.
This will be a little different than CTS since all four paces will start at the same time. So, if you have been riding yellow, and want to try and move up to green you can do that without fear of being dropped, because the slower paced yellow and even red groups will be coming along and you can ride with them. Although this is a relatively short ride, with the extreme heat we are having this may not be the best weekend to try moving up. So just keep that in mind.
Over Heating - Caution: It is easy to overheat in these temperatures and that can lead to an inability to bike, commonly called "bonking". Besides drinking a lot of water during the ride, you want to consider taking something like a salt tablet and/or Nunn to help keep our electrolytes in balance.
If you do start to get hot, pouring water on your body will help you cool down quickly and a wet shirt will continue to help cool you down as you ride for a little while. So don't hesitate to stop at a quick stop for a cool bottle of water just to pour it on yourself (drink a little too.) Finally you may see some rides have on something like a skull cap. These may look like they would feel hot, but actually they help absorb perspiration and provide a cooling upper layer, especially when you pour a little water on your helmet from your water bottle as you ride.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. We will start to roll from Renton at 9:00, so please be sure to get there a t least 20 min early so you are ready to roll, especially this first day of the series as we get organized.
Hydrate - Stay Cool - Ride Safe