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Old 11-10-04, 04:46 AM   #1
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Riders beware

I know it's coming into winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but down here its becoming summer. Remember to be properly hydrated. Riders in SA were given a shock reminder about this. At one of the local DH race's, one of the best riders (gained a top ten maybe five, dn't remember) had serious problems. After his run he didn't feel well so he went to the medics tent. Minutes later he was unconcious and his heart had stopped beating.

Here's a link to the newspaper article.
The man who melted

What is realy scarey is, this was a young guy in his prime and was in almost perfect physical condition. I'm happy that he is ok because I have talked to him at a coupe of the DH race's and he was a really nice down to Earth guy.

Remember to keep well hydrated, no matter how fit you think you are.
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dehydration is not fun at all, remember that you can still become dehydrated in the winter too, its just easier in the heat. Thats great that hes doin ok.
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Yeah true. Also, he came second to last not top 10 or 5. But still, that doesnt mean anything, you gotta DRINK!
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Serious, I thought he got a time of about 2.23, oh well, still it's bad
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by the time you're thirsty and your mouth is dry, you're already well on your way to being dehydrated... That's one reason why camelbaks are nice. They keep water right there at your mouth. It's kinda hard to miss that big blue tube and somehow forget to drink. lol
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He should have drank something. I usually drink at least a 20 oz. Gatorade after every run if I don't wear my camelback. In which case I drink everytime I stop.
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I guess that I really do not give you downhill boys and girls enough credit! I didn't realize that you guys work as hard as you do, enough to be dehydrated. I was watching a DH run last night, and this dude was sprinting almost the whole way. I guess I just figured that you let gravity do its thang. Just shows you shouldn't assume!
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Scary story. Glad he's doing okay, now.
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Yeah, dehydration is something to worry about all year long.
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Serious, I thought he got a time of about 2.23, oh well, still it's bad
Yeah he got a good time but he was racing Elite Men. But yeah, Get well soon Gary.
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I guess that I really do not give you downhill boys and girls enough credit! I didn't realize that you guys work as hard as you do, enough to be dehydrated. I was watching a DH run last night, and this dude was sprinting almost the whole way. I guess I just figured that you let gravity do its thang. Just shows you shouldn't assume!
Damn right! In Australia, they put some of our top DHers to the test at the Australian Institute of Sport. They found that some of the riders were just as aerorobically fit as some of the road racers and Kovarik (I think) broke an Australian record for power output, and this is compared to Velodrome Sprinters.

Another thing to remember is to drink before your thirsty and hydrate yourself a coupe f days before a race.
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by the time you're thirsty and your mouth is dry, you're already well on your way to being dehydrated... That's one reason why camelbaks are nice. They keep water right there at your mouth. It's kinda hard to miss that big blue tube and somehow forget to drink. lol
Simple rule of thumb when it's really hot if you don't need to take a leak (not raging dancing around bad) you need to drink more.
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yeah, i read about that in the Herald Sun i think. It was in the sun or age, can't remeber, but yeah, that was a pretty good motivation to get another bidon cage. just felt like sayin something...
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Got it over in Melbourne hey? It was much more serious than i thought. I saw the 4 ambulances at the race but i thought that was only because of the track is at a fairly remote location ( not close to any hospitals) so they needed whatever they could get. And when i saw it was the front page story of The Advertiser the next day, i couldnt believe it!
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