Summer this year in Kansas has been really strange. I can’t remember a summer, in recent history, that it’s been this muggy. Normally by August, in Kansas, the grass is dormant and has turned brown. Not this year.
It seems like it’s raining every other day, which is very unusual for Kansas in July and early August. Plus the temperatures have been very extreme. It’s not that there’s that many days over 100° so far, but with the humidity, every day the heat index of well over 100.
It makes for stressful riding. Yesterday I went out for two 45 mile rides. Joseph rode over from Lawrence and my brother and I rode him some of the way back. I kind of fell apart after halfway, I had to sit on Kris most the way back.
We got back around 4, so we had an hour and a half till the next ride. I drank a ton, but still started the next ride 3 pounds light. I wasn’t planning on going the whole way, but felt okay and decided to keep going. The pace was pretty brisk, and we finished hard. We had nearly 21 mile an hour average at the finish sprint. It’s funny, then I’d feel better after 90 miles in the heat than I did after 20. But I never really felt good.
Enough of this heat training. I’m bugging out for Colorado today. The highs in the mountains are supposed to be only in the upper 60’s with the lows in the 50’s and upper 40’s. I bet it seems cold. I’m OK with that.