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dehydration chills - dumb racing move(3 posts)

dehydration chills - dumb racing movejessah
May 7, 2002 5:47 AM
Yes, it is true - I was very focused on the race and staying with the lead group that I FORGOT to drink my water. It was 90 + degrees and I should have known better but adrenaline got the best of me. Once I was spit off the break away after I got the "chills" it took me several minutes to recover.

My question is has this happened to anyone else in a race and what is the fastest way to recover so you can "get back in the race"
yup, just dumbDougSloan
May 7, 2002 8:37 AM
We have all likely done it to some degree or another. You then realize that things like drinking are just as important as turning the pedals.

If it's bad enough to cause you to slow down, it's likely way to late for a road race. For a century or double, sure, you could take it really easy and sip water for a while, but then you have the luxury of not having to keep up with a paceline.

It's a learning experience. You'll likely not do it again.
"I'm cold" meanwhile it's 96 degreesJames Curry
May 10, 2002 7:35 AM

That's happened to me a lot. For some reason I have to maintain a high intake of fluids AND food from the first 45 minutes on or I'm toast! I guess I have a high metabolism! The problem is, in the Summer, it can come on so much quicker and without warning, and when it does it's too late as the other post here says. It's Base pace from there until blood sugar and water levels return!

Another thing that happens is my knees shake when I stand up. That usually is a sign of getting low blood sugar and dehydrated.

Gotta plan those meals!