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Medical Mystery...... am I a freak?(22 posts)

Medical Mystery...... am I a freak?funknuggets
Sep 30, 2003 1:52 PM
Ok ok, before you answer that... dont worry Im not going to claim some kind of unbelievable jump squat or time trial result.

Do you all experience this and why...

On the trainer or in Spinning class I sweat like a fiend. No... not the wet forehead and darkened armpits... Im talking the dripping off the chin and elbows to the floor that makes it look unnatural. The others in the spinning class look at me like Im out of shape or something. But none of the other lard-butts in the class sweat near as much as me and I am in much better cycling shape. It just befuddles me. Is it that we are used to working at a high HR, and the wind typically whisks it away? I sweat just as bad with a fan right in my face as well.

Please explain this phenomenon. But, since training indoors and seeing how much water I lose, I have really worked on hydration on the bike over the past few years. It is really eye opening.

So ponders the funk.
Chris are in better shapeColnagoFE
Sep 30, 2003 2:03 PM
The better shape you are in the more you can regulate your body temp and you are likely to sweat more and not less when working hard in hot conditions. Plus you are probably working harder than those lard butts! Outside you have a natural fan and don't notice it as much, but I'm guessing you can feel the salt buildup on your head after a hot day ride.
I notice sometimes more than others....funknuggets
Sep 30, 2003 2:14 PM
We should start a poll... you know you are sweating alot when...

My favorite is when your pads in your helmet become saturated, and you do something like look up or raise your eyebrows that compresses the pad and the sweat pours out. Now THATS attractive...

Well, if this makes you a freak, we should join the circus...The Walrus
Sep 30, 2003 5:43 PM
...because I sweat like crazy, too. I return from most rides caked with salt, and have to wring the sweat out of my clothes. Great mental image of the helmet pad squish; it helps to know I'm not the only one.
You are working harderfiltersweep
Sep 30, 2003 2:16 PM
I'll sneak a peak at other people's HR or wattages, and there are all sorts of people working out in the so-called "fat-burning zone"- where folks like you or I won't even break a sweat (you know- maybe working at 55% of MHR).

There are all sorts of lightweights in spin classes that have a very different idea of what resistance actually means... spinning away at almost no resistance.
I guess that is true, but....funknuggets
Sep 30, 2003 2:24 PM
Yeah, I realize that I am working harder. I look around and see that in our "hill" climbing section... our cycles use levers that are not dissimilar to old downtube friction shifters. Mine is nearly at the bottom and others arent...but I would expect that though.

I guess my expectation is that even if they do half the resistance I do, they would sweat just as much, you know? Sometimes I see "overweight" people just sitting around and sweating, so I guess I assumed that people that were not used to the bike would sweat more because they have to work harder... you know?

I guess these folks just aren't working as hard or have a pain/HR threshold that gets them as worked up or something. Who knows. I just know I look like my water bottle emptied onto the floor around me. I wipe the bike down pretty good afterwards, but somehow feel sorry for the next person to ride it...

So are you two acknowledging the fact that it happens to you as well??? If so, I don't feel so weird. I thought I had some kind of sweat gland problem.

I sweat profuselyfiltersweep
Sep 30, 2003 3:44 PM
My helmet straps turn white with salt in the summer-

in the gym I soak the floor... my gym clothes go in those plastic bags they hand out for wet swimming suits... an hour and a thousand calories a just a normal workout.

I don't go to the gym to "look pretty"- no one ever accused me of being a gym bunny ;) I look downright scary with my bike tan!
Not necessarilylitespeedchick
Oct 1, 2003 5:18 AM
Some people are good sweaters, some aren't.

My running buddy and I can go for a run together and she has sweat dripping off her and I'm not even damp. We are doing the same amount of work since we go the same distance and finish at the same time. (and we weight about the same and are in similar condition)
Not necessarilyfiltersweep
Oct 1, 2003 6:04 AM
Not always a good measure... I was riding with a newbie and couldn't get my HR above 55% and he was riding at 80%- we looked in similar shape and weight, but there were definite conditioning differences.

I'd argue that if you aren't sweating at LT, there is likely something off.
Well, if you have to ask, then........TWD
Sep 30, 2003 5:26 PM
of course you area freak.

Lets face it. Some of us were meant to ride outdoors in the winter. Riding rollers was fun for a while, until I was no longer worried about crashing, and was able to get out of the saddle (don't try that at home kids).

I've never been able to stomach a trainer though. I borrowed one from a team mate to use in the hotel room on a business trip last winter. I lasted about a half an hour before I was tying the hotel towels together to form a noose to hang myself in the bathroom.

Face it, if you're sweating that much, you're generating enough excess heat to keep you warm outside.

Make yourself some studded tires and get out there.
I'm the same way in spin class. ( nm )superdog
Sep 30, 2003 6:16 PM
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only freakAllUpHill
Sep 30, 2003 6:47 PM
Although, at least in my case, I tend not to think it has to do with being in good or bad shape. I think I've read that some people just are genetically cursed with a higher concentration of perspiration glands in the skin. Anyway, I've always wondered what's up.

Ten minutes into spin class, in a fairly cool room, everyone else is still dry and fresh looking. I'm already glistening and forming a sizeable puddle on the ground. And I'm not talking about a class full of your stereotypical -- i guess -- older, unconditioned spin class people. This is a class of college-age competitors all in pretty much the same shape as myself. I've never seen a single person in there dripping like I do. I even remember this kind of thing at the age of 12 or so, running in gym class, and I definitely was not in the greatest shape then.

I do ride better than most folks in cold weather (and I enjoy it more), if that helps anyone put together a theory on this.
Freak 2kyvdh
Sep 30, 2003 7:06 PM
I have the same "problem". I've come to think of it as an advantage in the summer. I become like a water cooled engine in the summer with all that sweat flowing over me. It is pretty disgusting when you wring the sweat out of your riding gloves and headsweat. I have one other twist that I still don't understand and have even asked a doctor with no explanation. I sweat a whole lot more on my left side than my right. I used to think it was just the fan on the trainer that was blowing more on my right side. Then after a really humid ride in the summer, I came home and my right glove and sock were damp but my left sock and glove were just dripping and I could squeeze out enough salt water to gargle with. Pretty nasty. My son was on the same ride and he came home with a little glistening on his neck and that was it. It's really weird. A few times I've even had my face get split down the middle with my left side red from heat and my right side looking normal. That kind of scared me and my wife so I asked the doctor and he said not to worry. It doesn't happen often but still kind of makes me nervous. I know, I really am a freak.
Freaks like us...peter1
Sep 30, 2003 8:03 PM
I sweat like a hydrant in the summer. And indoor spinning classes, too. It has gotten to a point where I can see beads form on every pore on my arms. I like it, though, easy to keep cool when it's hot, so long as I hydrate. My poor wife, on the other hand hardly ever sweats and instead overheats in the summer.

I don't think it has much to do with being in shape, though, because an awful lot of fat people sweat a lot, too...just genetic, I think. My wife is in great shape...
Ever see Michael Jordan play?LC
Sep 30, 2003 8:11 PM
He must be in really bad shape since he sweats more than anyone else ;)
Perhaps you have a twin...PsyDoc
Oct 1, 2003 4:50 AM
...I have a friend who has a similar "problem." He sweats like you would not believe when he engages in any type of physical activity. When the group does a pit-stop at local stores, the folks literally have to mop up after he leaves. As such, he was given the nickname "puddles."
re: Medical Mystery...... am I a freak?FTMD
Oct 1, 2003 6:05 AM
ColnagoFE said it best. If you workout often, your body senses the efforts coming on sooner and essentially says, "uh oh, I know what's happening, I'm going to start the cooling process right now." That's why folks in great shape may sweat more that other in not so great shape. This is a generalization and specific instances may vary.

Myself, I sweat more now after 3 years of regular cycling than I ever have in my life.
it's a sign of fitness. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 1, 2003 6:16 AM
Any relation to body temperature . . .ms
Oct 1, 2003 6:28 AM
I too sweat more than others in spin class (and I know that I am not working harder than the other people in it -- I ride with these guys and all of them are stronger than I am). I also do much better riding in cold weather than in hot weather. My only physical characteristic that differs from the norm is that I have a low body temperature -- my normal temperature is about 97.1 degrees. Do other sweating "freaks" also have a low body temperature?
May be related to thyroid functioning.dzrider
Oct 1, 2003 7:27 AM
I sweat profusely and once a doctor I was running with asked if my normal temperature was less than 98.6. I checked and found it runs about 97. I played around on the internet researching heavy sweating and low body temp and both are symptoms of less active than normal thyroid glands. Not a real health issue, but I don't like being the "Rain Man" on group rides.
Whew! And I thought I was the only sweat bucket!BigFatSal
Oct 1, 2003 8:24 AM
Glad to hear I'm not the only one.... Despite my name on this site, I'm actually pretty lean. (Big Fat Sal is my cat).

But I sweat SO MUCH.... The worse part is when I go to weddings, dressed in a nice suit. I get on the dance floor and after a few minutes I feel it start to happen: SWEAT... Then pretty soon I'm soaking wet. It's quite embarrassing. My girlfriend thinks I'm a freak and calls me "The Sweaty Guy." My un-scientific explanation to her is that since I'm an athlete, when I start dancing my body thinks it's the beginning of a hard workout and thus my body starts to sweat in anticipation of a hard workout... Ya think there's any truth to this???

I don't care if I sweat a lot during workouts... Feels cleansing, actually. :>)
There's definitely a genetic component...Matno
Oct 1, 2003 2:56 PM
I barely break a sweat no matter how hard I work. Of course, spinning on a stationary bike will make ANYONE (even me) sweat a lot more than usual. However, how much you sweat has less to do with how good of shape you're in than most people think. My non-sweating "talent" comes from my mother, who doesn't sweat at all. Ever. (I don't think that's healthy, but she seems to be in great shape). My wife's family, on the other hand, all sweat like water faucets - even with minimal exertion, and they are all serious runners. I can run with my bro-in-law for a couple of miles, and he'll be soaked while I'm completely dry. Can't be due to physical conditioning because he can run a marathon in 2:38, and I would probably die if I ran a half marathon.

Personally, I find it very convenient to be a non sweaty guy. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean that I don't stink after a hard ride, I just LOOK like I don't stink...