Does the heat ever end????

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by xcgates, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Well, it's my first real summer in TX (moved from up north), and as I'm fiddling with my Suzuki, I get a drop of sweat on my glasses. This leads me to realize my light grey shirt looks like I ran a damn marathon in it. :eek1

    I retreat to the A/C, check the weather, and it is 104*, feels like 108*. Holy crap!

    What do I do in the heat? So far I've been dousing myself and my gear in water. (One of the guys at work took a little too much pleasure in hosing me down yesterday. :patch

    Apart from drinking like a fish, and dousing everything with water, any other tricks? I've been wearing a Buff soaked with water to protect my neck, and been leaving my long-sleeve shirt on underneath, as it seems I get hotter if I'm just wearing a T-shirt.
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  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho Sure, I can do that!

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    I moved from northern Indiana to just east of Shreveport a year ago, and here is what I do about the heat down here ...

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  3. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    I count the days to the last week in September/first week in October when the fronts start rolling in and we get our nice riding weather back.
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  4. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    I think it was last weekend I went through a good 8 quarts of green tea in one day. (And more of other fluids, it just struck me as I was mixing my second batch of the tea:eek1)
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  5. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Summer is the way us Texans thin the heard. With 10.000 people moving here every week it is our way of attempting to keep Texas still like Texas... All you can do is hydrate, hydrate and wait for October. Welcome to Texas.
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  6. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    OP, this early summer shit is killing us , too. Oh the weather itself is normal, just the timing is way off. It ain't supposed to be this way. Yet. Setting records here at home.

    If this crap continues, and it likely will, I think by August we may start thinking of Hell as a vacation spot. :huh
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  7. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    I'm having visions of my high school coaches yelling "HYDRATEHYDRATEHYDRATE!!!!!!!!!!!"

    :lol3
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  8. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    LOL, just wait till it's summer, then you'll really see some heat! :lol3
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  9. JPSpen

    JPSpen At Large

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    We have two seasons here , Summer, And Winter... The switch get's thrown the last week in May and the last week in September...

    I've got a bad feeling about this year..

    It's gonna be HOT !

    John
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  10. ReadyorNot

    ReadyorNot Been here awhile

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    "...I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world."
    David Crockett, letter, January 9, 1836


    "If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell."
    Philip H. Sheridan, remark,
    Officers' Mess, Fort Clark, Texas, 1855

    kinda depends on what time of the year you take the survey.....

    cheer up - there's a cold front coming; be here about the second week of october.
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  11. Trophy1298

    Trophy1298 Vicarious Cowboy

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    about mid November
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  12. mike

    mike Long timer

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    I stay in the AC. If I'm gonna ride, it's in the morning. Heat slacks off a little by the end of Sept. You wont need a jacket till December.


    :lol3
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  13. Spark Plug

    Spark Plug Low on compression

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    I just had to check a alarm at work. My daughter went with me on the bike. Moving temps were 105 and it's 9pm !! We were soaked when we got home.

    This is the hottest it's been this early in years. It sucks, and sucks bad. But you don't have to shovel hot.
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  14. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    I do most of my shopping at night if I can get away with it.

    I also keep my helmet soaked. If I go in to a friend's house, I find the helmet and water stay sufficiently cool, and there is usually a fresh source of water.
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  15. RollingJ

    RollingJ The mud in your eye

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    Getting use to the heat is like using a muscle: no pain no gain

    Here is a great link that says it all.
    http://brassmein.com/articles/acclimation.htm


    If you get overheated just a little, take off the gear and cool off in the shade outdoors, not in ac. Temperature swings feel great, but only make it worse when you go back out.

    I keep 10-15 Thermotabs in my med kit. I have very salty sweat, and I soak my shirt through 10 times a day. I wouldn't use them everyday, but if you are still lightheaded after you cool down, a couple tabs and a bottle of water will fix you right up.

    Sweat, water, sodium and a microfiber layer. Wear a hat and long sleeves if you are in the sun.
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  16. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    What heat? It's not July/August yet. You have not seen heat yet!
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  17. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Bookmarked, and a question about the Thermotabs. I remember being given some form to tabs when I was in particularly bad shape after a hot cross-country race, as in I was passed out, hyperventilating, shaking, the whole shebang. Is that the kind of thing you would use the Thermotabs?

    (That's one thing I like about organized groups, you can trust people to watch out for you when it gets bad! :eek1)
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  18. RollingJ

    RollingJ The mud in your eye

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    That's the stuff. Used properly, they keep that from happening.

    I use it like so:
    Drink one liter/hr exercising in heat. After 3 hours of heat exposure, 1 tab for every liter of water. We carry about 3-4 sweat hours of sodium in our bodies. After that time, we have to replenish.
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  19. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    In the '60s, coaches yelled, "Suck it up!". The mentality of that day was to ration water to make kids tough. It's amazing heat issues didn't drop more.

    The best conditioning for summer two-a-days was hauling hay... square bales, real hay...

    Forecast for today in Odessa includes 108 degrees and 25 mph winds. I'd hate to be on a fire line in West Texas today...
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  20. bikejones

    bikejones Been here awhile

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    +1
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