Growing up and still living in Mississippi, my fellow statesmen and I know the meaning of hot. From June through September, being outside is misery. It’s hot, meaning 85F or more, and humid. I was taking a look at some weather history for the past two months, and found some interesting numbers. Not counting today, July 30th, out of the fifty-nine days since the 1st of June, on only five of those days they high temperature didn’t make it above 85F. And on the humidity front, only two out of those fifty nine days was the average humidity less than eighty percent.
Those numbers, while not suprising, make getting out to play disc golf hard. Staying under the AC and watching a Walking Dead marathon while doing some laundry seems to be the more ideal way to spend your time. Ok, well, maybe not the laundry part, but, it’s has to be done sometime, and the Walking Dead is worth the time on the couch. Back to disc golf!
We disc golfers are generally as a whole, are crazy about the sport and will play it anytime we have nothing else to do and no other responsibilities that will interfere with a round. That’s great! I see few other individuals playing other sports who have that type of drive or love of the game. In these hot months though, we are in danger of hurting ourselves due to the outdoor conditions in which we pursue the game. Heat stroke, cramps, and exhaustion are the heat-related illnesses that one can suffer after being in the heat for an extended period. On top of that, there are sore feet, aching backs, stressed muscles, and other various aches and pains.
The article on heat-related illnesses I referenced from WebMD gives good descriptions on those and the general effects they induce. With that being said, it doesn’t take long to get overheated or dehydrated. When I am out in the heat, I use my Infinite Discs large bag which has two drink holders which I usually put two one liter water bottles in during a hot round. If you prefer Gatorade, Powerade, or another sports drink, then by all means, use them to keep hydrated as well. Take an old lunch box or small cooler full of ice and a couple drinks to leave in the vehicle so you can have something cold to drink when you finish a round. Whatever you do, don’t go out to play without some sort of refreshment on hand to ward off the effects of the heat. Use some common sense.