My lame 2008 Mazda3 (with only 40k miles on it, since I bike to work) has been falling apart.
I dropped it off at the dealership in The Valley today (northern part of Los Angeles) for service.
It’s only 15 miles from my home. That’s an easy ride, no problem!
I look on Google Maps – I get to take two protected bike ways almost the entire way there. Score!
It’s 90 degrees in my neighborhood, but that’s OK – there is a breeze. No problem.
I didn’t have any frozen water bottles or ice, but that is OK – I fill with water and dump in the Crystal Lite electrolyte mix.
And I’m off!!
- About five miles in, my water bottles are HOT. The water now tastes like warm jello.
- About ten miles in, I feel like vomiting.
- About twelve miles in, I stop by a donut shop and get my water bottles refilled and start guzzling like a mad woman, and dousing myself with water.
- At fifteen miles, I roll into the dealership, incredibly happy for this ride to now end.
It was over 100 degrees in that part of the valley.
Now, is that “too hot” to be biking? Or should I keep biking in severe heat to “toughen up”?
Is there a line when it crosses into idiocy?
But couldn’t one argue that the Tour de France is almost an insane feat of human endurance?
15 miles. That is nothing. 15 lousy miles. But throw in 100 degree heat on pavement, and man. What a sloppy sweaty mess I turned into. I miss living on the west side of LA where it’s around 75 degrees right now.
What’s the hottest (or coldest) weather you’ve ever biked (or jogged) in?