Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer heat and hydration

Well, once again it has been a long time since I blogged -- or rode.  I finally rode again on Tuesday after several months without riding.  It was a rough spring, between several springtime blizzards in late March and throughout April, and I had a lot going on in my life that kept me from riding.

And then suddenly it was summer.  I've been so busy trying to get my patio and tiny garden ready to enjoy this summer, that I almost didn't notice how summery it had gotten.  Probably the fact that our weather has been so back and forth this spring didn't help.  And then suddenly I was nearly passing out from the heat.

I've always been such a summer child -- I love the heat, and would take 90-degree temps over 20-degree days in a heartbeat.  Yet twice in the past week I've felt on the verge of passing out from the heat.

I suspect that the culprit is dehydration, so I'm trying to get better about hydrating at the barn.  Today was probably the hottest yet, and I was working hard since I was cleaning water tanks.  For the first 45 or 60 minutes, I was having to hydrate every five minutes or so in order to avoid feeling like I was going to pass out.

I think next time I am going to start hydrating a couple hours before I go to the barn.  I suspect that part of my problem is that I am not very good at remembering to drink enough water.

How about everyone else?  How is summer going for you?

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