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Old 04-26-07, 11:15 AM   #1
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Headache After Ride

I am only a weekend warrior, around 2 rides a month. I usually go around 30-40 miles for a ride. I often find that for the rest of the day after a ride, I am really crabby and have a head ache. I figure it would be one to two things: 1) dehydration - I try to drink a fair amount of water on the ride, and once I finish I drink a lot, or 2) I pushed my body past my current fitness level and I just need to exercise more.

Has anyone experience this type of thing? Any suggestions?
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Old 04-26-07, 11:23 AM   #2
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You need to replace your electrolytes after a ride. You lose more than just water during activity.

I find that if I don't hydrate properly after hard exercise I'll feel the exact same way.
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If it's regular headache, you have good advice in the post above. If it's migraine, you could (like me) suffer from exercise-induced migraine. I don't get it as often these days, but I used to in the past.
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A friend of mine has had to take time off from riding because of severe headaches. In his case, it was due to pinched nerves in his neck due to having to look forward while being bent over (he rides a time trial bike).
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It's not a migrane, just a mild headache and I get really irritable. What are some good electrolyte sources besides drink mixes?
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Irritable - maybe you drink too much water? 30-40 miles isn't that much. 1-2 bottles should be enough. Another thing might be low blood sugar. A pint or so of chocolate milk after a ride is a good idea. Or drink a pint of milk with about 1/3 c. of sugar added to it and eat a few pretzels or some chips.
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+1 dehydration
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Do you eat anything on these rides?
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I usually eat a banana and maybe a gel pack about halfway through
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What are some good electrolyte sources besides drink mixes?
Sodium: easiest one as any processed or salty food will have tons.
Potassium: is found in large amounts in orange juice, dairly products, bananas.
Calcium: Dairy, green veggies.
Magnesium: Nuts like almonds and cashews are good sources.

Cottage cheese is one of the best electrolyte bomb foods, loads of Na, Ca and some K.
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