Ne’er cast a clout till May is out!
Most of us in the UK have taken this axiom as serious advice during this month of May. It has been cold,cold,cold……..and wet, wet, wet…….until the last few days, of course. Then all of a sudden, a sultry summer has descended upon us. Now we are ‘casting clouts’ every which way, because the sun is out, out, out!
My rides on Tuesday(72 miles/115kms) and Thursday(85 miles/137kms) this week have demanded arm and leg warmers on the outward leg, and ‘clouts’ off for the journey home. The unaccustomed heat has brought challenges of hydration. You may be carrying enough drink on the bike, but do you remember to re-hydrate regularly as the miles drift by? After prolonged spells of cold, wet weather (when re-hydration wasn’t such an issue), you have to re-establish the routine of re-hydration. If not, you will pay the price.