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Well this past weekend I was at an A show and did great the first day. Had a rail in each class on saturday but the ride was amazing. So sunday had high hopes and went into a 7:30 class then had my 2 regular classes following right after. Well.. the day didn't go quite as planned. I got heat exhaustion and it is not the first time. So my next 2 classes just where not great. I was so tired, felt sick, headache close to migrane, arm was spazzing out ( shaking ) exc.
I am going to make a dr. appointment once the office closes but do any of you have experiance with dealing with this and ways to help prevent it? I am prone to it I think... I am either really cold all the time but once I get hot its like 0-100 and I can't get cool again. And Ive had it before and heat stroke.
I drink LOTS of water, eat right, I exercise everyday, but once I get to that point I cant drink anything without feeling sick.
is you electrolyte balance getting out of wack ? you need to nibble on something preferable with some salt, or even carots are good in addition to just drinking lots of water.
Between classes, stay out of the sun. There is a thing as having too much Vitamin D in a day.. and take off your helmet so your head can breathe.
Keep a towel soaked in cold/ice water handy to apply against the back/sides of your neck. You have a lot of blood flow to/from your brain and that area is the best for quickly cooling your body down.
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I keep a bunch of frozen rolled up in a cooler and use them between classes. Seems to help.
thanks everyone, I have a show today and will be using all of the ideas!! Last show was NOT fun... Today should not be a marathon day (fingers crossed) But I should be ready in case it becomes one
I've definitely been there, the worst was one year as a teen it was 104, had a witch of a judge that was in shorts & tank top but required us to still wear hunt coats. I passed out and fell off my horse waiting at the gate for my turn in my hunter over class. She still wouldn't let us ditch our coats. I think that judge had something like 14 grievances filed against her for it.
I keep some of the gel packs that don't freeze solid on hand for really hot days. Wrap in a towel and put on your neck. Take a fan if you have electric hook up. Find a shady spot, ditch the jacket, cold pack on neck, fan on, lots of water & gatorade. Even when it's hot as hades don't skip eating (that's when I seem to wither the most) keep something cold and eat small amounts over the course of the day. Frozen grapes are a go to for me on show days.
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