After arriving in Texas on Friday night my 'Super domestique' duties were soon required.
Saturday morning to be precise at 5am. It was like getting up for work at home.
The most significant difference occurred as soon as I stepped outside.
Rather than indignantly starring up to the skies as I slipped on my coat, I was wiping copious amounts of heat induced sweat from my brow.
It was 85f even before the sun had come up, with a level of humidity that could poach even the hardiest of ostrich eggs.
The weather man seem to be in a joyous mood obviously realising that he had a pale pasty Brit as one of his audience.
Hot conditions will continue today as an upper level ridge of
high pressure remains parked over southeast Texas.
Daytime high temperatures are expected to reach 98 to 104 degrees
inland... mid 90s along the coast.
The combination of the heat and high humidity will result in maximum heat index values of 105 to 109 degrees this afternoon.
The next bit was even more interesting !!!!!!!!
If you plan to be outside... avoid prolonged exposure or strenuous
physical activity. Your body can lose up to a gallon of water an hour through perspiration. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can increase the rate of water loss in your body... increasing the risk of heat exhaustion or stroke. Wear lightweight... light-colored... loose-fitting clothing. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun and use a sunscreen to reduce possible sunburn.
Thank you Mr Weather man.
WE rode 55 miles Saturday and 43 Miles Sunday and the weather lived up to expectations.
I am used to having water dripping off my helmet from heavily laden rain clouds that have raced across the Pennines to great me on my morning rides.
The quantity of liquid did not change but was replaced by sweat. I felt as though somebody had introduced a high pressure hose into my seat post and that all the pores on my body had created a human sprinkler system.
It was great to meet up with the American Mules and to ride as part of a team again.
My intense training since the start of the Year did not go unnoticed which also enabled me to act as a super domestique for Paddy (Le Patron) who is still playing catch up after his recent training set backs.
With a good stock of MuleBars and plenty of fluid we all rode well and things look good for next weekend.