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Old 07-18-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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Riding in the heat.

Yesterday I decided to take the dirt bike for a spin. I went to Ultimate MX about 10:30 am, according to my car it was about 98 degrees out there.

Usually whenever I go to the dirt track,I do three or four 20-30 minute sessions.

Yesterday, after the first couple of laps, I felt more tired than usual but, I didn't mind. Once I completed my first session, about 30 minutes riding, I came out to my car and was feeling kind of dizzy and had that feeling of lacking breath. It took me about 30 minutes lying down just breathing to try and get myself back together.

Disregarding that, I decided to go in for another session. I was about 5 minutes into that session when I crashed. Before that, I remember feeling pretty good. However, at some point things went blank for a second or two, then I crashed.

When I got up, I was feeling very dizzy. I removed my helmet and as soon as I did that, I threw up all the water I had taken between sessions. Again it took me about 20 minutes to get myself together.

After that I decided to load the bike and went back home. All the way home I was feeling light headed, exhausted and dizzy. That sensation was there pretty much all afternoon.

The last time I felt that way was in Football practice when I was in HS. I am not sure if it was that I pushed too much or if it was the heat. Maybe a combination of both.

Anyway, if you are riding the street, doing a TD or riding MX, make sure to be well hydrated and take care of yourself. If you start feeling light headed, take some time to feel better before you ride again
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:25 PM   #2
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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Did a TD on sat. Was at least 100* I was taking potassium pills. Drinking a lot of water along with pouring half of it on my head. Also was dunking towels in the cooler and keepin them on my neck/head. I had a run-off but it's just like you said. I lapsed just for an instant and didn't brake soon enough. I knew what it meant. So I took it easy and went to cool off for a while. I did have a mild headache after the days was through but its mostly due to exertion. I normally don't get that much of a workout in a normal day
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For one.... drink BEFORE. Chugging water while you are dehydrated won't help as much as starting to drink the day before.
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Individuals with heat exhaustion tend to have symptoms such as:

profuse sweating,


muscle cramps,

headache, and

nausea and vomiting
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Be careful , the heat that is out there now is dangerous to be in for sure.
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The tip at GSS trackday was to put the plastic bags of ice in your leathers. Oh my , worked like a charm. By the end of the sessions the ice was completely melted. I was still hot, but I definitely felt better than I ever have during a 100 degree track day.
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I also did a track day yesterday and made sure to hydrate the night before, me and another guy were probably the fastest in the novice group for the day so I was pushing as hard as my skill would let me, by the 3rd session I had massive headaches, it was too hot!! It was my first track day so I probably wasnt used to it.
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Glad your not dead. Was some one there to help you incase?
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Glad your not dead. Was some one there to help you incase?
LOL, death? The crash wasn't that bad. I went by myself yesterday, so no help.
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It was freakin' Ghana hot this weekend.
Next time hit up Rio Bravo.
Heard they got a pool out there.
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