I was lucky to make it home from the ride this morning. I think some brain cells definitely did not make it from the feel of my head melting. I wanted to get one more 100+ mile day in before Leadville and with the xc race this weekend that meant I'd have to do it during the week. I was suppose to do it yesterday when it was nice and cool but circumstances prohibited it. I did manage to get up early and get out before sunrise. Got some beautiful views of the sun coming up as I headed North towards North Carolina. I figured on doing the same route as I did last Wed as I got in nearly a century. I'd just tack on some more miles once I got into NC. Same wind as last week too, from the south. Normally, I'd head into the wind while fresh so I can benefit from the tailwind return when I get tired. Not wanting this to be an easy ride, I put it on 220-250 watts and headed North with the wind so I'd have to work coming home.
It became apparent pretty quickly that the day was going to get very hot. This morning was probably the most humid day I've ridden on that I can remember. Sweat was rolling off me more than I'd ever seen outside. I had some new sensations- sweat running down my cheeks and dripping off my chin. Never had that happen before, especially rolling at 24ish mph. The wind normally blows all that sweat off. Another issue causing concern was the amount of sweat on my hands and covering the handlebars. The brake hoods were soaked underneath and actually twisting around on the levers adding more excitement when I'd sprint on the hoods. The drops were no better with my hands slipping down them with every bump. I've had my hands sweaty and slip off the bars before resulting in a face first crash and seeing rainbows around everything for awhile. Not fun. Not eager to repeat that moment, I pulled over at convinience store to refill my bottles and dry off my bars. The clerk informed me that it would be a 118 degrees heat index today and that I should drink a lot of water. Um...thanks. I'll do what I can. Perfect. Hottest day of the year and I was out for a long one.