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Old 05-21-2018, 04:30 PM   #1
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Riding in Extreme Heat

Last week's Beyond the Track covered many tips on riding in extreme heat. With the weather temperatures going up, I hope some of these tips may be useful to other people out there as well.

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Old 05-23-2018, 07:38 AM   #2
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Excellent points. "Hydrate and urinate" is what I learned in the army.

For those of you going to COTA this Memorial weekend, start hydrating NOW. Don't wait until Saturday.

Just checked Austin weather and it's a high of 98* both days.
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Excellent points. "Hydrate and urinate" is what I learned in the army.
For those of you going to COTA this Memorial weekend, start hydrating NOW. Don't wait until Saturday.
Just checked Austin weather and it's a high of 98* both days.
Yeah, I remember an instructor saying "if you're not going often to the bathroom that's a good indication you're not drinking enough water", or something along those lines.
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1. Might sound unconventional but don’t forget the sunblock! Keep your skin as healthy as you can as it is the surface through which you cool. Need to keep it working efficiently. Observe how hot a sunburn feels, that isn’t the right way to keep you cool.

2. Take a cheap towel to the track with you. Dunk it in the ice chest. Wrap your head until chilled.

3. Ice packs: there are modern equivalents call “phase change” materials. They freeze like ice but at a higher temp (~60 F). More comfortable against your body than ice. They can be refrozen in an ice chest since the ise water is at 32 but the packs freeze at 60. Any good track day will have ice chests around to recharge between sessions. Put your name in sharpie on your cooling pack. They all look alike in the ice chest.

4. If you go icy: remember that a frozen block is loike a brick inside your suit. How well would your ribs do against a solid brick in a crash? Let the ice melt a bit so there is a water layer around the ice. That is more cushiony against your ribs in a crash.
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I keep a rag in my ice chest for my neck when I get off track. I also keep gallon Zip lock bags and fill with ice and put under my suit on my chest. You don't even notice the cold after the first session lol
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1. Might sound unconventional but don’t forget the sunblock! Keep your skin as healthy as you can as it is the surface through which you cool. Need to keep it working efficiently. Observe how hot a sunburn feels, that isn’t the right way to keep you cool.

2. Take a cheap towel to the track with you. Dunk it in the ice chest. Wrap your head until chilled.

3. Ice packs: there are modern equivalents call “phase change” materials. They freeze like ice but at a higher temp (~60 F). More comfortable against your body than ice. They can be refrozen in an ice chest since the ise water is at 32 but the packs freeze at 60. Any good track day will have ice chests around to recharge between sessions. Put your name in sharpie on your cooling pack. They all look alike in the ice chest.

4. If you go icy: remember that a frozen block is loike a brick inside your suit. How well would your ribs do against a solid brick in a crash? Let the ice melt a bit so there is a water layer around the ice. That is more cushiony against your ribs in a crash.
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The best trick to stay cool in L1 or L2 is to attend class. All Ridesmart classrooms I've been to always have AC and plenty fans blowing. Towels and hydration work too, but there is nothing like cold AC blowing in your face. Plus you may actually learn something.
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One of the biggest things in the heat is to have help. Having someone with a fan and swing arm stand ready is wonderful. I ride a bike with kick start so help with warmers and all the stuff that needs done allows you time to relax and keep your mind on the he important stuff. Staying on two wheels.
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