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What's wrong with my face ??(8 posts)

What's wrong with my face ??DWridesGT
Feb 11, 2002 3:14 AM
What's wrong with my face, (other then the obvious). After any strenuous cycling I return home to look in the mirror and find my face COMPLETELY covered in salt. Hard, crusty, crystalized, white salt. Taking a shower involves getting a good mouthful of the not-so-tasty residue. I drink plenty both on, and off, the bike. What causes this? Am I lacking something somewhere? Please respond if you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations.
You talkin to me?mr_spin
Feb 11, 2002 8:10 AM
Are you riding next to the ocean? Or on a salt flat?

If your face is COMPLETELY covered in salt, that may be a problem that you want to bring up with your doctor.

I get salt on my face, too, after long, hard rides. Usually on my forehead, around my eyes, and sometimes on my cheeks (which I think is dripping from my forehead). I think it's normal, and it's part of why you need to have sports drinks on board--to replace lost elecrolytes, which are found in salts like potassium and sodium.

One thing I've learned is to keep my head out from the water stream of the shower until I am fully prepared. Otherwise it burns my eyes like crazy.

On epic rides, sometimes I'll take along little salt packets from fast food restaurants. I eat a whole pack midway through (yuk!) and I do fine. Otherwise, I usually end up cramping.
He's talkin' 'bout ME.meMeME
Feb 11, 2002 11:15 AM
this is pretty normalColnagoFE
Feb 11, 2002 9:32 AM
On a bike you get the wind cooling you so you don't feel yourself sweat as much as if you were running, but you still are sweating...the salt from the sweat just dries on your face.
re: What's wrong with my face ??Me Dot Org
Feb 11, 2002 10:37 AM
This used to happen to me all the time. A partial cure: Wear a doo rag, sweatband, headsweat, or cap to keep sweat from trickling down onto your face. This won't totally eliminate the problem, but (at least in my case) it greatly reduced it.
some people sweat more than othersguido
Feb 11, 2002 1:09 PM
I had a riding buddy who used to sweat prodigious amounts. He always worked hard, and developed well defined quads, like a trackie. He would lose up to 6 pounds on a two hour ride, all body fluids. Sweating is good, cooling the body during hard efforts, but you have to drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated, and keep some postassium gluconate at home for afterwards. There ain't nothin' wrong with sweatin. Be proud o' them sweat glands, DW!
The same thing that is wrong with minehms
Feb 11, 2002 2:18 PM
I have had the same problem on long rides in the summer. First, as the posts above recommend, head off any internal problems and replace the salt that you are losing. Insofar as the external problems are concerned, I splash water on my face and head (the hair that I have left is very short) whenever I stop and have access to a source of water.

BTW: I also have had significant salt buildup on my legs during rides when temperatures are above 90 degrees. During one long ride, the hair on my legs felt as if someone had sprayed hairspray on it. Perhaps this is another reason why people shave their legs (I'm not there, yet -- maybe next summer).
no, whats wrong with MY face?Woof the dog
Feb 11, 2002 6:34 PM
i keep looking in the mirror and wonder why do i look different from everyone else?

Woof the dog.