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Dealing with heat

Old 06-17-11, 02:11 PM
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Dealing with heat

Well its finally mid-summer in south texas and it is hot as balls. I am certainly not going to give up riding because of the heat but I do have some questions for those of you who live in similar environments.... errr i guess a question.

Whenever I get done with a ride and sometimes partway in I get a killer headache that sticks with me for the rest of the evening. Does this happen to any of yall? I hydrate before as well as carry plenty of water and eat well but I still get this monster headache....

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Old 06-17-11, 02:15 PM
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One word: pickle juice.

Seriously, it sounds to me like you need to amp up on your electrolytes, which you can also get from Gatorade, dates/figs (Fig Newtons), potatoes, bananas, and many other foods. I'd also drink more fluidz. The headache thing sounds like mild dehydration to me.
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Sounds like you're still not drinking enough water. One thing that mountain biking with a Camelbak made me realize is that you can consume more water than you think on a hot day. Having the tube right there had me drinking more often, and I actually emptied a 75oz pack in a 3 hour ride. Meanwhile on the road, I only carry 2 24oz bottles for rides up to 4 hours.

Also, does what you're eating contain salt? Without that, your water might not be helping as much as it could.
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I understand your pain (the heat not the headache). In Tulsa it has been miserable already this year, August is going to suck! Anyways, drink more. Get some Nuun tablets and put those in your bottles. I drink until I'm full during every ride right now. I got the same headache a few weeks ago and that is when I knew it was time to kick the hydration into another gear. Since then I have been good. On a 3 hour ride I will go through 4 - 24oz bottles (sometimes more) of water with Nuun tablets mixed in and will also eat at least 2-3 packets of Sports Beans.
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Originally Posted by Daytrip View Post
One word: pickle juice. .
haha this is what my dad used to tell me during baseball back in the day

Anyway thank you guys for the advice.
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Old 06-17-11, 04:49 PM
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Yes, the electrolytes thing. I rode 23 miles the other day in 98 degree temps and had to eat a few fig newtons to keep from bonking.....like real bad.
I usually still get a good workout and cover my 20+ miles, just do it a tad slower.
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Old 06-17-11, 04:51 PM
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I've already had one seriously close call with the heat here in Beaumont.

Pickle juice is a great trick, I remember my grandfather drinking that **** on a tractor and wanting to puke. You just really have to be careful, it sucks.

The problem I keep having is my core is getting so hot that my stomach stops digesting (PCP Dr. talked some fancy jibberish about it) and my kidneys start rapidly dehydrating. Your issue could be something ENTIRELY different.

See your PCPhys. I had to go the ER first before I went.
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Old 06-17-11, 05:14 PM
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I thought it was just me...but pickle juice rocks. Preferably, sour pickles.
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Old 06-17-11, 05:16 PM
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Move to Fairbanks.
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Old 06-17-11, 05:31 PM
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Never tried the pickle juice but there are those that swear by it as attested above.

This early summer we are having here in coastal Georgia is tough this year. No rain, smoke from wildfires and motorists getting in their last legal chance to get really, really close to you before it becomes illegal.

I use polar bottles that I load with ice cubes a dollop of water. I shake them then freeze them. Load them with ice cold plain water before I set out.

I have bandanas to wipe my face with and after a while I may soak it with ice water and wrap it around my neck.

I know every water point (well, quite a few maybe I'm missing some) along my usual routes. I keep money in my saddle bag for Gatorade or similar for rides over 2 or so hours. When I stop at a water point I invariably pour a bottle over my head.

It's been so miserable I've quit wearing my sunglasses. They get full of sweat impairing my vision and I feel cooler without them.

I find my self slowing down or speeding up to catch lawn sprinklers...
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Old 06-17-11, 05:33 PM
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Oh, and I find I'm going a lot slower than usual but that may be due to advancing age.
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Water alone is not going to cut it. As you sweat, you lose valuable electrolytes and they need to be replaced. Supplement your water with a good electrolyte supplement. I like some of the Hammer products, in particular, HEED. Not only do some of these supplements provide electrolytes, but they also "fuel" your muscles and buffer lactic acid so you can go longer and recover faster. I tend to avoid drinks like gatorade and the "trendy" sports drinks since they have way too high of a sugar content and can lead to gi issues. You can also make your own - do a google search for "home made electrolyte drink" for some recipes.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I find my self slowing down or speeding up to catch lawn sprinklers...
When I see them going off I drool.

Try hanging out near the car washes if you're getting overly hot and spot one. The mist in the air feels AMAZING.

Might even ride into one of the automated ones with a vehicle in there. Instant bliss.

P.S. - Gatorade is too strong IMO. G2 is pretty good and doesn't need to be diluted to get down.

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Old 06-18-11, 04:35 PM
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I live about 20 miles north of you and these 103 degree days -- day in and day out -- get old. I don't get headaches, though. I try to get out around 7:30 am every day. But it's in the 90's by the end of my ride. I drink only water.

You're going to say "no fair" but on Thursday of this week my wife and I are loading up the travel trailer and heading to Durango for the entire month of July. There a ride at 10 am will still be a cool ride, and if I have a busy morning I can ride in the afternoon if I need to.

It's 103 out in Spring Branch right now, but I just checked Durango and it's 73 degrees with 14% humidity.

Unfortunately, we'll be back for all of August and September -- so there's no beating the heat permanently.
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as others have said sounds like dehydration to me. needing more electrolytes may or may not be an issue.. more liquid of some type is definitely in order.

If you can plan your rides earlier or later in the day. it stays light out pretty late so you can get a decent amount in the afternoon. also pay attention to the humidity that day as it will drive the heat index up and feel even worse.

keep drinking once you get home.. you generally can't keep up with dehydration while you are on the bike. you have to catch back up once you stop.
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
If you can plan your rides earlier or later in the day. it stays light out pretty late so you can get a decent amount in the afternoon. also pay attention to the humidity that day as it will drive the heat index up and feel even worse.
Where the OP lives it's 98 degrees at 11 pm at night. So, that "later in the day" thing won't work.
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thin base layer. makes a huge difference.
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I add a little Celtic Sea Salt to my water bottle to keep my minerals at optimum levels when it gets hot.. Celtic sea salt, contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and a host of other healthy nutrients. Look for the course gray celtic sea salt, start with about a 1/4 teaspoon and then adjust to your liking..
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Where the OP lives it's 98 degrees at 11 pm at night. So, that "later in the day" thing won't work.
What about 4 or 5 in the morning? The coldest part of the day is just before sunrise.
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To handle heat, I wear long sleeved shirts and long pants, and a bandanna under my helmet that covers the back of my neck. If I get too warm I'll sprinkle water over my clothes, it seems to cool me down quite a bit. And a hydration system like the camel back is very helpful to make it easy to drink enough liquids, water, Gatorade, etc.
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