Posted by: ADOW | July 19, 2010

Summer Paddling

I ventured out again this morning, this time a 6am paddle with Steve, and didn’t see much improvement over my Friday run.

Steve explained that it is the temperature/ humidity combo that we really need to look out for. Further research confirmed that humidity reduces the degree to which the body loses heat through evaporation.

So, along with the 6:30 FTT (Friday Time Trial) start, confirmed now due to lack of opposition, we also need to reduce the FTT distance. Steve suggested the faithful “around the white buoy” route and I second that.

Hydration and Heat Illness Prevention Tips

  • Drink water before leaving on the paddle and you must drink, about a cup every 15 minutes, while on the water. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink!!
  • Use a hydration system with a tube for easy access to fluids
  • Half-fill your water container and freeze it, top it up before the paddle (if opening allows, just crack in an ice tray)
  • Protect your head and neck from sun exposure (preferably hat with good ventilation)
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks as they will contribute to dehydration
  • Avoid heavy meals before the paddle
  • Monitor yourself, as well as your team mates, for any signs of heat exhaustion

Be safe!!

Mark

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_illness

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