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Old 05-26-09, 08:03 PM   #1
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This never happened to me before

I was on a 65 mile ride on Sunday with the temperature in the low 80's. Saturday I had done a 36 mile ride in the high 80's. Saturday was no problem. I had two bottles with me and ate and hydrated after the ride. Sunday, I had oatmeal and drank water before the ride. I brought my Camelbak and used electrolyte tablets along with a bottle of plain water. We stopped after every 15 miles or so. I was riding fine but at the second (32 mile) stop, I felt dizzy when we stopped. I felt fine while pedaling but dizzy when stopped. I ate something and took two glucose tablets and after a half hour I felt a little better. I figured that I'd take it slow and stop if the problem worsened but once on the bike again I was fine. At the 50 mile stop I felt dizzy again, took two more glucose tablets, and then felt better when we restarted. At the end of the ride the dizziness returned.

I am diabetic but I've never had a hypo or hyperglycemic problem before. Last year I rode BRAG in upper 90's and low 100's heat without a problem. The glucose tablets were just a precaution (four years old) and I'd never even opened the package before.

I can understand bonking while exerting myself but not when the exertion stops. Anyone have any ideas as to what happened or how to prevent a reoccurence?
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Old 05-26-09, 08:13 PM   #2
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When I get dizzy while riding it's usually on a long climb when either I haven't been pushing food enough or it's been hot, I've gotten dehydrated, and then my stomach quits. Low blood sugar, in either case. Two glucose tablets probably don't even touch it for a rider. A couple hundred liquid calories would probably be more like it. Hammer Gel, something like that, followed by a good bit of water. You didn't bonk, not by any means. You just got a little behind.

The day before, you probably didn't have a 200 or so calorie recovery drink within 10 minutes of finishing, and then a good balanced meal with plenty of carbo within an hour.
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If you are riding hard and stop without cooling down, you could experience a drop in blood pressure that could cause dizziness. As you start moving again, muscle activity supports increasing BP again. Try slowing your pace significantly for few minutes before stopping. Taking your meter along to be sure it's not a blood sugar level issue would be advisable too.
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If you are riding hard and stop without cooling down, you could experience a drop in blood pressure that could cause dizziness. As you start moving again, muscle activity supports increasing BP again. Try slowing your pace significantly for few minutes before stopping. Taking your meter along to be sure it's not a blood sugar level issue would be advisable too.
i hear that...i tend to stop at the top of large climbing hills to catch my breath...BAD idea. almost passed out on a number of occasions
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