To beat the heat, that is the only thing to get me out of bed at 5 AM or earlier. I haven't been out to meet anybody but the daytime before it became dangerously hot. Michigan has been in the grips of a wicked heat wave pushing temps into the 90's daily with heat indices reaching over 100. It's not a good time to be on the asphalt. I have a trip coming up soon, so I don't want to loose my "competitive" edge.
I have a loop mapped out meet the morning sun and ride 50-60 miles using the local trail system. That way, I can be sure of nice shade and wind cover to help beat the heat. I'm usually on the road before 6 and get back around 10 or 10:30 depending how often I stop.
I return in time for second breakfast and a nap.
Taking these rides every other day, keeps my body and mind in tune for long days coming up and allow me to avoid the dangerous heat.