I can't believe anyone is riding in this heat. Watched cyclists from my tram and I was fretting for their safety.
I won't cycle this week at all. Very rare for me to not cycle.
A workmate witnessed a (older) man pass out in the high street on her lunch break. He went straight backwards and hit his head causing it to bleed. She called an ambulance which arrived in 15min
I'm terrified for elderly people in this heat.
When I can feel what it does to me within minutes of exposure. Freakish weather.
Thank you for your concern.
I know my physical limits quite well - better than some know theirs.
I have an 8 minute walk to Southern Cross station from Dockylands - by the time I get there I'll be a mound of sweat and then the trains are not guaranteed to run. When they do run in this weather, you have hot, sweaty, tired, grumpy people onboard who just want to get home, and an airconditioning system that either doesn't work, or a train that doesn't have an aircon system. Add to that people with short fuses in the heat with even more reduced tolerance levels for others.
Trains also stop for absolutely no reason with no announcement. I dread being caught on a packed train, with faulty aircon for who knows how long.
It's just not worth the stress to catch the train in this weather.
Given the unreliability of the trains and the people on it, I pretty much force myself to ride as I feel less stressed riding to work than I would otherwise if I caught a train.
Friend of mine is currently catching the train from Lilydale - Ringwood - hop off - board bus - travel to Blackburn in peakhour traffic - hop off - board different train @ blackburn then catch the train to Melbourne Central station. He told me catching the bus at the moment is a full body contact sport as everyone wants to get on the first bus that arrives, rather than wait patiently.
In my 10.8km ride home tonight I went through 2.5 x 750ml bottles ini 40mins so I was well hydrated (stopped to put the head under a drinking fountain on the CCT). As mentioned previously, I wasn't sweating until I'd actually stopped riding and the body's natural cooling mechanism kicked in. This inaddition to drinking over 3litres of water @ my desk whilst @ work - I wasn't thirsty but I knew I had to keep hydrated for the trip home.
As soon as I was home I ran a pure cold water bath and felt totally fine afterwards.
Cycling for me is about reducing stress as I am largely incontrol of my riding. Catching trains always increases my stress levels as I'm not incontrol of the train or what happens on it.
Hope this clarifies why I "force" myself to ride in this weather.