We had a great turnout for the training ride last weekend with over 90 people braving the heat to come ride with us. With temperatures now soaring over 100 degrees it’s extra important when you are exercising in the heat, be sure to drink lots of fluids and to be aware of your body and take steps immediately when you see signs of heat exhaustion in yourself or your fellow riders.
Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration. 60% humidity or more combined with heat, make it harder for the sweat to evaporate from your body, which is what helps keep your body regulate your temperature. The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Dark-colored urine
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.
- Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol)
- Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
- Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
- Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.
We will have ice towels again for everyone at this weekend’s training ride and our awesome sponsor Aspire is dropping a supply of their incredible low sugar, all natural, electrolyte drink for our riders so we’ll have that iced down and available for you too.
Aspire was founded by two fathers and youth sports coaches that were concerned about the increasing prevalence of empty calories and junk being consumed in the name of sports, ASPIRE Beverage Company makes natural products to improve health and performance of athletes. The ASPIRE FIRE, ICE and STORM sports drinks contain electrolytes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals without the large amounts of sugar, carbohydrates, calories, artificial colors and flavors, preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients found in the leading brands. ASPIRE is committed to do what’s right, not what’s cheap and easy. For more information, go to www.ASPIREbeverages.com.
About Mamma Jamma Ride
The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to raising funds to help families in our local community facing breast cancer. Our amazing community of cyclists, volunteers, sponsors, and beneficiary organizations come together each year to participate in one of the best supported and most fun bike rides in Texas. Together, we have raised more than 2.3 million dollars to help save and improve the lives of those facing breast cancer.