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    Is riding at 5am worth the loss of sleep ? -- You damn right it's worth it.

    I started my Phoenix Sonoran Preserve ride at 5am this morning... wow, what beautiful weather...


    When the temps are flirting with 110, it's really the only way I can enjoy riding...

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    I tried it a few times and really liked it. However, I just can not bring myself to wake up that early on a regular basis, so I have switched to night riding (and love it).

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    Yup its the only way to go this time of the year. Its so flipping bright out at 5:30 these days getting up is a non issue. Well that and 3 kids under 4 never let me sleep in anyway.

    I actaully plan my morning rides at Hawes such that the first half of the ride is in very early morning sun with the later half of the ride being in the shadow of the Usery Mtns. Need to get clever this time of year.
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    I like how I can get my ride in, and still have all day left for other fun!
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    I love the early ride. No one on the trail, kinda coolish temps, and I seem to have more energy during the day after a jump start.

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    one thing that helps me is to have the coffee ready to go with water/filter/and grinds... All I do is click the button as soon as I get out of bed...

    The smell of Komodo Dragon is a great motivator

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    one thing that helps me is to have the coffee ready to go with water/filter/and grinds... All I do is click the button as soon as I get out of bed...

    The smell of Komodo Dragon is a great motivator
    If your coffeemaker has a timer, you don't even have to click the button in the morning...the coffee is sitting there ready and waiting for you!
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    5a is a must for summer riding. I just love being ON the trail when the sun comes up. I've been flirting with a 3a or 4a Magicshine ride just for the heck of it. Get a couple hours in and then back to sleep for a couple?

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    We were out at Sonoran north trails at 6. It was nice out...5 might be a little too early for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    I started my Phoenix Sonoran Preserve ride at 5am this morning... wow, what beautiful weather...


    When the temps are flirting with 110, it's really the only way I can enjoy riding...
    It is the only way to ride. I love it for a few reason.
    1) Cool in the summer. I can ride all summer long going early. 70F Start temps can't be beat.
    2) The pre-sunrise light is cool and the trails are empty
    3) Allows me to ride early (3hrs) and get home and still have all day to do things. Important with a family.

    I get up at 4am for work normally so I just get up the same to ride at 5 to 5:15am
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    I preferred a 7PM ish start during the summer, but that's me. Let the sun go down behind the mountains and it's fine.

    In the morning, you're still in the sun, and hard exertion in the sun always made me feel sick. I always thought night riding was kind of pointless, at least from the perspective of doing it to beat the heat. In July/August, it reliably won't go below 90-95*. If you start out at 10 or 11, it's still the same temp it was at 7PM, so what are you really gaining? If you like to ride at night, that's fine, but I can't really see the logic in doing it to beat the heat, unless you go out at 3AM or something.

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    Weak.

    Afternoons are the way, long sleeves and you won't be very hot. The Mexicans w/ the leaf blowers know this, why can't you yuppies figure it out?
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    It's pretty much the only time to ride in pleasant temps, well worth it. It gets a little harder when the monsoon moisture fills the atmosphere though.

    Last year there was a particular day when I got back from a ride just after 7am and my outdoor thermometer was already showing 95F. Talk about beating the heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwhlr View Post
    Weak.

    Afternoons are the way, long sleeves and you won't be very hot. The Mexicans w/ the leaf blowers know this, why can't you yuppies figure it out?
    Even the Messicans start at 4 am.

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    I get up at 5:30 am for work, so getting up a bit earlier on my day off is pretty easy.

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    Is riding at 5am worth the loss of sleep ? -- You damn right it's worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    5a is a must for summer riding. I just love being ON the trail when the sun comes up. I've been flirting with a 3a or 4a Magicshine ride just for the heck of it. Get a couple hours in and then back to sleep for a couple?
    Did this last year in late spring at MMP and it was a great experience. The trails are pretty cool just when the sun barely starts to rise.
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    i squeeze in both sleep and riding around work breaks

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    So, no one here is going to join me today for a 3pm spin @SoMo??? I'll save my early a.m. desert rides for the weekend if I'm not up enjoying the pines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I preferred a 7PM ish start during the summer, but that's me. Let the sun go down behind the mountains and it's fine.

    In the morning, you're still in the sun, and hard exertion in the sun always made me feel sick. I always thought night riding was kind of pointless, at least from the perspective of doing it to beat the heat. In July/August, it reliably won't go below 90-95*. If you start out at 10 or 11, it's still the same temp it was at 7PM, so what are you really gaining? If you like to ride at night, that's fine, but I can't really see the logic in doing it to beat the heat, unless you go out at 3AM or something.
    Well, I have found that 100 degrees with the sun beating down on you is COMPLETLY different than 100 degress with no sun. For example the next time you are out riding during the day stop in the shade and notice how much different it is than in the full sun. I rode last night and it was still around 100 and it did not feel hot at all. But thats just me. To each their own. I just can't motivate myself to get up early to ride before work during the week. So for me it is: Weekdays, ride at night after work and the family has gone to bed, Weekends, ride in the morning and get home as the family is waking up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbdennis View Post
    Well, I have found that 100 degrees with the sun beating down on you is COMPLETLY different than 100 degress with no sun....
    I agree... No doubt and a dry 100 degrees without sun is ok... but I still prefer the 75 degrees with no sun or very low angle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz View Post
    If your coffeemaker has a timer, you don't even have to click the button in the morning...the coffee is sitting there ready and waiting for you!
    I know.. I don't have that type of coffe maker, but I think I may change that ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    So, no one here is going to join me today for a 3pm spin @SoMo??? I'll save my early a.m. desert rides for the weekend if I'm not up enjoying the pines.
    What do you plan on riding? Been flirting with the idea of riding after work today...but that would be more like hit the trail head about 4:30
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    Even the Messicans start at 4 am.
    Must be some gentle, tolerant, yuppies in your hood. Here in the white ghetto, they don't even think of firing up those contraptions until after 9am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juggles View Post
    What do you plan on riding? Been flirting with the idea of riding after work today...but that would be more like hit the trail head about 4:30
    Dunno, I messed around on DC/Loops on Monday & Javelina/Mormon/Natty last Wed. I may just head up 24th St today to the saddle, maybe Geronimo down or just back down Natty. My window is 3-5:30p every Wed & most Mondays. I even thought about hitting up Papago for something different today, been a while since I cruised around over there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Dunno, I messed around on DC/Loops on Monday & Javelina/Mormon/Natty last Wed. I may just head up 24th St today to the saddle, maybe Geronimo down or just back down Natty. My window is 3-5:30p every Wed & most Mondays. I even thought about hitting up Papago for something different today, been a while since I cruised around over there.
    I can't even handle a 7 mile Reach 11 work commute at that time of day/temperature kudos to you John...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwhlr View Post
    Must be some gentle, tolerant, yuppies in your hood. Here in the white ghetto, they don't even think of firing up those contraptions until after 9am.
    lucky ***** ... neighbors crew shows up every tue at 7:30am. wakes the girlfriend up and I have to listen to her whine while i try to get some work done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Dunno, I messed around on DC/Loops on Monday & Javelina/Mormon/Natty last Wed. I may just head up 24th St today to the saddle, maybe Geronimo down or just back down Natty. My window is 3-5:30p every Wed & most Mondays. I even thought about hitting up Papago for something different today, been a while since I cruised around over there.
    commuted home yesterday, 20 miles leaving at 4:45pm. got ugly, was getting chills in the last 20 min.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    1) Cool in the summer. I can ride all summer long going early. 70F Start temps can't be beat.
    Yeah, that's kind of what it's been here in Alaska during the summer...cept it's all day...and there is no night because the sun never goes down, haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juggles View Post
    What do you plan on riding? Been flirting with the idea of riding after work today...but that would be more like hit the trail head about 4:30
    I can ride somo or Papago at 430. Nationak, Mormon, Desert Claasic, whareve .... Monday-Wednesday can work.

    I leave for work early so am weekday rides are out off the question. You get used to the heart, just like getting up early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    lucky ***** ... neighbors crew shows up every tue at 7:30am. wakes the girlfriend up and I have to listen to her whine while i try to get some work done.
    Gotta head out there in underpants/wife beater/orange crocs and start MF'ing 'em/gesticulating wildly. They know that phrase.
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    Is riding at 5am worth the loss of sleep ? -- You damn right it's worth it.

    Grass ninjas are out on the golf course behind me at around 5:30. I still prefer evening rides. Heat sucks, but its livable. Riding quality for me is usually about suffering. So I get plenty in he summer. And trails are truly empty at 5pm.


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    For me it's worth waking up early for the cooler ride. I wake up about 5:15 during the week for work so I really don't like waking up early on w'ends. But I can't do those temps during the day. Last weekend I did 5am at the trailhead saturday and sunday.

    Sometimes I'll leave my house about 7:15pm for a quick ride. I get home about 8pm just in time to assist with putting the kids to bed. I go kick around some dust on the mountain near cave creek and thunderbird. I live about a mile from there so I can ride there from my house and not have to load the bike on the vehicle. It's not too bad at that time.
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    I start almost all of my rides around 5AM, weekday and weekend. Just works out for me that way, I can get good weekday rides in and on the weekends it allows for a decent ride without taking half a day from family time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    was getting chills in the last 20 min.
    That's not good!!

    I ended up opting for a Tour de Papago y'day, 3:30-5:30, 14+ miles or so. Plenty of shade to be found. I also was forced to try the 'ol bladder in the freezer since our ice dispenser @work is on the fritz. It worked ok, I was a bit surprised at the slow thaw, but the water was nice and cold.

    I've also been soaking my arm coolers before heading out, gives a nice 10 minute buffer before drying out while I settle in to the rides' pace.
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    Something I have been practicing lately on low tech trails with reasonable success, is sleeping while I ride. Can get up as early as the mood allows, and I finish my ride very refreshed!
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    Worth it!

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    Worth it to me. Since it's also in my backyard

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    I'm a morning person, love the smell of fresh ground coffee...sleeping in at 5am means coffee and egg Mcmuffin at McDonalds hit the trails at 5;30...Ram On!

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    hay pincha caliente
    that translates to "there is f-ing horny"


    just saying ...

    heat in terms of the air temperature is calor...

    if you put caliente in terms with pincha (or pinche) mexican speakers are going to think you mean horny

    I say Mexican because pinche is only used in Mexico

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    I've been trying to get at least two road rides in during the week before work. Rolling by 5am, done by 6am and at work by 8am. Up around 5 on saturday and / or sunday for mtb or roadie, home as the family is waking up. I actually like this time of year for riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkm View Post
    I've been trying to get at least two road rides in during the week before work. Rolling by 5am, done by 6am and at work by 8am. Up around 5 on saturday and / or sunday for mtb or roadie, home as the family is waking up. I actually like this time of year for riding.
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    I am a west valley guy (Waddell) and work in the middle of Phoenix. I am wondering which place would be best for me to ride in the morning before work. SOMO? I guess I gotta do a few trial runs to see how long everything takes...
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    I use to love to get up early for a ride... for some reason that desire has eluded me this summer. I do it but don't enjoy it like I have before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    I am a west valley guy (Waddell) and work in the middle of Phoenix. I am wondering which place would be best for me to ride in the morning before work. SOMO? I guess I gotta do a few trial runs to see how long everything takes...
    A little more specific to "middle of Phoenix" would help. SoMo and PMP are relatively in the middle and both have plenty of trails to have fun on before work. PMP is closer to me so I try to be on the trail at 5:30a or 5:45a and, depending on the day and how I'm feeling or what I have to do besides work, I'll be done anywhere between 7a and 8:30a.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I use to love to get up early for a ride... for some reason that desire has eluded me this summer. I do it but don't enjoy it like I have before.
    I don't enjoy getting up early. But once I'm strolling through the park I'm over getting up early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    A little more specific to "middle of Phoenix" would help. SoMo and PMP are relatively in the middle and both have plenty of trails to have fun on before work. PMP is closer to me so I try to be on the trail at 5:30a or 5:45a and, depending on the day and how I'm feeling or what I have to do besides work, I'll be done anywhere between 7a and 8:30a.


    I don't enjoy getting up early. But once I'm strolling through the park I'm over getting up early.
    Good point. I work 3rd Avenue and Jefferson. I have showers at work, and shift starts at 730.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    Good point. I work 3rd Avenue and Jefferson. I have showers at work, and shift starts at 730.
    Damn, lucky you with showers. 'Course, I don't have to worry about how I look or smell at work...

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    Ok, so I woke up @4am today, left my house @5a for a spin down through San Tan Park and I must say: It was glorious this morning!! I was back home before 8a and it was still very comfortable out. I just wish my schedule allowed for more morning/night rides. Oh well, back to the heat on Mon/Wed. afternoon.
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