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Feeling the hotness

I dragged [personal profile] scrottie out for a 30-mile bike ride loop around Mummy Mountain last night after the sun went down. The air quality left me coughing for a while after we got home. I didn't miss that feeling.

Then I rode over to the Phoenix Farmer's Market this morning, reasonably early so it wasn't too hot by the time I got home again (10:30). That trip takes about an hour in either direction.

I signed up for the 4-week "independent study" ceramics studio session on Saturday afternoons, so after lunch I rode over to that. It's only a 3-mile ride one way. People in that class are extremely talkative - not my favorite dynamic for ceramics. Ah well.

After that, I rode over to the grocery store at about 3 pm. Starting to feel hotter. Then home again with the groceries at 4:30 pm. Only 108 degrees today at 4:30 pm, and the mercury's still dipping below 80 degrees for a couple of hours at night.

But I've lost enough heat tolerance to be feeling the effects anyway.

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scarybaldguy
Jun. 10th, 2018 12:32 am (UTC)
"Only" 108.

I just went out to do some minor work on Heph, about 30 minutes. I pushed through it, but holy cheez wiz. I would have waited until after sunset but I needed to see what I was doing.

(See also: why SBG is determined to buy a house with an attached garage)
rebeccmeister
Jun. 11th, 2018 08:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, "only" 108, heh.

I hope that Heph was at least parked in the shade!

The first year I lived out here, I found that anything over 105 degrees was intolerably hot. The second year, that benchmark moved up to 110 degrees. By the third year, it was up to 115, and stayed there, up until I moved away.

Historically, part of my acclimation process has involved going on a mid-day bike ride on summer Solstice, from Tempe out to the Burton Barr Library to watch the sun at solar noon, and then back again after spending some time cooling off inside the library. That's about 2 hours total, riding in the mid-day sun, and is at the upper end of what my body can handle. I learned a few tricks in Texas, such as filling a tube sock with ice and draping it around my neck, so maybe I'll go back to that, heh.
scarybaldguy
Jun. 12th, 2018 07:56 am (UTC)
I hope that Heph was at least parked in the shade!

Yep. Doesn't really help in the late afternoon, though.

The first year I lived out here, I found that anything over 105 degrees was intolerably hot. The second year, that benchmark moved up to 110 degrees.

Reverse that for me; I've become less heat-tolerant the longer I live here. Might have something to do with the thyroid shens in 2012.

such as filling a tube sock with ice and draping it around my neck

I have an evaporative cooling neckband and vest. They help, for sure.
rebeccmeister
Jun. 13th, 2018 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I imagine the thyroid situation could impact thermoregulatory abilities. *shakes fist at misbehaving thyroids*

On top of that, I learned not too long ago that as we get older, sweat gland function declines. That's part of why extreme heat gets to be so dangerous for the elderly - they literally can't thermoregulate as well as they used to. I don't know how long it takes for all that to manifest, but maybe I can pretend that some of my loss of heat tolerance is due to that. I get a little frustrated because S has both better heat tolerance AND better cold tolerance than me, so he's usually still comfortable when I'm crabby. Unfair.

I think I'd struggle with the neckband and vest - I like to have maximal airflow at all times. But different things work for different people and contexts, eh? I've been living in a linen shirt so far this summer, which is nice because I can get it wet for the evap cooling, but it is also nice and light and airy. But if I were on a motorcycle, for instance, linen would be WAY too flappy, heh.
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