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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-12-07, 08:30 PM   #1
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Heat Stroke

I worked July 4th and really pushed myself hard going home. Twenty four miles with about 1000 feet of up in about 3 miles of it. It was 108 on the up and I about made myself puke. Anyway, I was sick as heck for the next six days. I had to stay off the bike. I just got back on today.

Any of you had heat stroke? What do _you_ do to avoid it? What do you do to recover from it?

This came on so suddenly that I'm still surprised I got it...
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Old 07-12-07, 08:51 PM   #2
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I had heat stroke from biking in Yuma, Arizona...where the temp is over 100 pretty much all summer. I had seizures and had to go to the hospital, but you can have it and not have it get so bad. Got bad news for you... it does something to you permanently and the heat will affect you badly for years if not forever. Maybe not everyone, but a lot of people.

I get a headache from sunlight, and I'll faint if I overheat, which is pretty easy for me to do. I'll get bad headaches and feel weak pretty easily, and it can last for a couple days. I only bike in the mornings.

For some reason the sun can affect me, even if the temp isn't so bad... my skin feels like it's coated and fuzzy, like deer antlers. That's when I know I have to get in a tub of lukewarm water.
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Old 07-12-07, 10:04 PM   #3
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Hey, heat stroke is nothing to mess around with...it can KILL you. If it is to hot then don't ride, if you need to ride drink plenty of water, if you start feeling the symptoms high body temperature
the absence of sweating, with hot red or flushed dry skin
rapid pulse
difficulty breathing
strange behavior
hallucinations
confusion
agitation
disorientation
seizure
coma
Victims of heat stroke must receive immediate treatment to avoid permanent organ damage. First and foremost, cool the victim. Get the victim to a shady area, remove clothing, apply cool or tepid water to the skin (for example you may spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose), fan the victim to promote sweating and evaporation, place ice packs under armpits and groins.


You may have been suffering from heat exaustion...either way take it easy
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I once became very sick while walking around Rome, heat exhaustion I think. Apparently I hadn't been drinking enough water. At any rate I experienced some pretty devastating flu-like symptoms for about 18 hrs but by the end of the following day I was fine.
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Lived in FL all my life and had it a few times. First thing, is to STOP exertion and find a cool place (not cold) as soon as you feel it. Rest and drink water (but don't overdo it). Wait until you are truly settled down and feel it gone before moving on.
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The best thing to do is to pause in the shade until your body temp comes down. Heat exhaustion comes first and the symptoms most have discussed are related to exhaustion, not stroke. Heat Stroke is much more severe, but you really don't want either. Heat exhaustion can weaken you for days after the event.

One of the things that I find works best to cool me down in the middle of a hot day is to use a wet cloth on parts of my body where large amount of blood pumps close to the surface. The wrists, ankles, neck, and forehead.

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Only way to avoid it is to stay hydrated and make sure you don't overheat.

I have had heat exhaustion a couple of times but really only had heat stroke once. I was out fishing all day, drinking beer (not very smart) and have a great time. Got back to camp and started getting heavy duty chills, vomiting and massive headache. It lasted about two days and I ended up riding back from the trip for 8hrs curled up in fetal position in the back of the van taking Dramamine. Needless to say I have been way more careful since then.
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Old 08-25-07, 08:18 PM   #8
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I experienced heat exhaustion for the first time today and it was not cool. At all. I was doing the 50 state ride in DC. It was 102 degreees and I was riding hard up hills. Well, I got half way up one hill then started to feel really strange. My arms got cold. The cold sensation spread to my torso, my face, and my legs. I immediately knew something was wrong (I mean, I was freezing in 102 degree weather) and called out to the pack I was riding with. One of the riders explained what was happening to me, as I had never experienced heat exhaustion before. To make a long story short, I was not able to finish the ride. I had plenty of steam left in my legs, but the rest of me felt weak. I felt weak, light headed, and cold and could not keep up with the group. So I bailed out halfway through the ride. I'm still super disappointed at not being able to finish the ride, but I had to respect my body.

Lessons learned: (1) drink plenty of water, (2) do not hammer when its extremely hot (and especially on a hilly route)
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