Since I have been cycling over the last couple of years, I’ve come to appreciate the different seasons we have here in England even more. I plan to do a blog post on each season but only when the season itself comes. So, it is summer right now, here’s my observations of cycling at this time of year.
I can’t think of any reason why I shouldn’t like cycling in the summer apart from the obvious question of heat, too much sun and the risk of dehydration. Apparently dehydration of just 2% equals a 20% loss of performance – if you start to feel thirsty you are dehydrated.
As I mostly early in the morning and occasionally in the evening, the risk of overheating is small. There are, however, so many other compelling reasons to enjoy running in the summer:
- In early July there’s enough light to cycle for 16 hours a day, perhaps more. That opens up lots of possibilities
- The countryside is at it’s peak – especially grasses as this shows me cycling through the Chiltern Hills – particularly lovely in the summer
- I like the hazy pastel colours in certain conditions
- Hedgerows are full of flowers
- At dusk I love the sensation of cycling into those pockets of cold damp air and then out the other side just a few seconds later
- I like the warmth and yet appreciate the cooling properties of modern technical materials
- Seeing insects buzzing around flowers
- Summer rains – especially after a long hot spell – sometimes you can almost smell the rain coming. When it does it’s so invigorating
- It’s nice to explore new roads and other routes at this time of year
- Saves money – why pay a gym membership when you can exercise and run outside?
- Most of this applies to running as well!