You now it hot when you wake up, roll over and Satan wearing shorts and fanning himself. Just kidding but it set the tone for todays post.
Yeah not as sexy as Satan in a swimsuit but hey, I digress. Dehydration is when the body loses more water than it takes in. Hemostasis and all these other big words are neat but dehydration is not. Your body loses water in all kinds of ways that we don’t think of; evaporation, radiation, etc.
- Sun:Direct sun exposure from being out in the open air will make a rider heat up quickly.
- Asphalt: The sun’s rays beat down on the road, heating the asphalt. That heat radiates up, making you feel hot from above and below.
- Protective gear: Helmets, jackets, boots, and other layers you’re wearing to protect you during a crash can also, unfortunately, trap heat.
- Humidity:Even if the sun isn’t beating down, warm air can act like a layer of insulation, heating you up from the inside out.
The big key is that ANY reduction to our mental or physical accuracy can increase the chance of making a mistake that can lessen the ability to control and stay safe on our motorcycles.
So, I just drink tons of water before getting on the road? NOOOOOOOO, if you are already feeling an effect your already behind the curve. Some signs are: Thirst (duhhh), dry mouth,lips, eyes, Dark urine or strong smelling, headaches, dizziness, feeling lightheaded.
But Dice, I stopped sweating so I am good, I am no longer dehydrated. NOoooo your probably headed into Heat Stroke and that is Really bad. We will just leave it at that, sweating good, Stop sweating and still hot= BAD!
So enough on the negativity, lets talk about how to avoid it or tackle the problems. Drink water!!! Ok, that is a given right!? Drinking water regularly throughout the day is best way to avoid dehydration. Some other choices are natural fruit juices or organic smoothies BUT read the labels to understand sugar and salt, and try to avoid drinks with lots of sugar or caffeine.
There are a few steps you can take while on a ride to stay hydrated.
- Carry water with you: To ensure your safety and ability to keep both hands on the handlebars, invest in a hydration pack. Backpack-style hydration systems are an easy way to drink on the fly without using your hands. Might not be sexy but neither is dehydration.
- Stop often: Take breaks to rehydrate. In addition to water, sports drinks with electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) absorb easily. Be wary of high sugar or caffeine content.
- Wear sweat-wicking or ventilated clothing: Take a tip from runners or snow sports athletes—wear fabrics that pull sweat away from skin or outer layers with zippers designed to release heat and keep cooler.
- You can also spritz or douse your shirt with some water to help make it cooler, open your jacket a little bit to let air circulate in and cool you off.
- Monitor your output:If you use the restroom while you’re stopped, monitor the shade of your urine. The darker it is, the higher your risk of dehydration. Doesn’t have to be clear, a slight shade of yellow is good.
Let’s have fun, but let’s be smart, it a desert out there, especially Las Vegas. We could go deeper into the physiology of stuff and if you want I will in the next posts and stuff but we want you to be Safe. Only you can take care of yourself and as much as we love trauma, we are a medical MC after all, I would rather have you put us out of business than have us work on you. Yes, I know that sounds bad and sure the Over lords, I mean, a company doesn’t want that, But we want everyone to ride safe and get home to your loved ones.