I didn’t have to listen to the weather to know how hot it has been lately. The weatherman did emphasize we’ve had more 90+ degree days than we normally do for this time of year. Protect yourself from heat exhaustion when you’re riding this summer.
The Mayo Clinic provides a list of symptoms to be aware of:
- Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
- Heavy sweating
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Low blood pressure upon standing
- Muscle cramps
To protect yourself stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water on hot days and stop more often to get out of the sun. If you do have symptoms of heat exhaustion, get yourself to a cool area and drink water or a sports drink. You can also add ice (or cool packs) under the arms and around your neck. If your symptoms don’t improve within an hour, consider medical attention.
Take a bottle of water with you when you ride. Or, if you are blessed to have a friend like my girlfriend Kim who rides a Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, you can take a small cooler! Ride safe!