Top Tips: Heat Exhaustion

Prepare to suffer in the heat

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The summer heat is no joke, especially when you are riding. The temperature of both bike and body are at an all-time high. Although you cannot change the weather or conditions, you can control how you prepare, race, and understand heat exhaustion/stroke symptoms.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms: Confusion, dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration), dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, muscle or abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, pale skin, profuse sweating and a rapid heartbeat.

Heat Stroke Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness or vertigo, fatigue, hot, flushed, dry skin, rapid heart rate, dry skin, profound sweating, shortness of breath, decreased urination, blood in urine or stool increased body temperature, confusion, delirium, loss of consciousness and convulsions.

Preventing It.

Check the Weather

The best way you can prepare for weather conditions, is to check the weather conditions. It is always important whether the weather is hot or cold to understand how to prepare for riding or racing. When it is hot, the first thing you want to do is remove gear or protection that is making you hotter. This is something you should NEVER do though. You don't want to remove some riding protection as a way to keep cool, which is just simply unsafe. You still need a helmet, gloves, goggles, a chest protector and all the usual riding gear. Instead, recognize your vulnerability when riding in hot weather especially if you have never experienced the symptoms of heat related illness.

Train Well

If your body has not been trained for tough conditions, a faster heart rate and increased body heat then how can you expect it to succeed in these conditions? Preparing your body for riding rigorously in the heat helps immeasurably to combat issues that come with heat exhaustion and stroke. When your body has been put in these conditions before it begins to grow stronger, making it able to fight the demanding heat.

Hydrate

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more! Drink water in the days leading to your ride or race day, drink water before the gate drop, drink water in between motos and drink water afterwards. Water keeps you cool and dehydration prevents your natural air-conditioning from working, thus you cannot adequately reduce your body temperature.

Keep Cool

Leading up to riding or racing and even after, stay cool. Get away from the sun, use an umbrella while waiting for the gate drop then afterwards, if needed, strip down to your skivvies and jump in a cool bath or drench yourself with water. Soaking your body in cool water will help decrease your body's temperature.

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