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Aug. 26th, 2002 | 12:14 am

Today I did a bunch of errands on my bike. Unfortunatly since I left all the little magic boxes that tell me how far I went at home, I have to estimate from a map. it was probably a little over 25 km.

One unfortunate thing happened though. As I was biking up a hill, I felt like I overheated, my face felt really warm, my heart rate was pretty high, and I had to stop. (And unfortunatly I ran out of water then too.)

One of the things I've noticed is when that happens, I end up with a headache for the rest of the day. I'm not quite sure what that is, and more importantly how to prevent it. (Other than never exerting myself while it's daylight.)

On the plus side, I attached a rack, got some of the funky clipless shoes, and a really neat cargo-webbing thing that can hold oddly shaped things to ones rack.
I also got a book called the long distance cyclists' handbook, hopefully it'll provide some useful information about touring (and how to improve ones riding distance.)

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from: soulsong
date: Aug. 26th, 2002 04:58 am (UTC)
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Headaches can often be a first sign of dehydration. I know that when I get them my first action is to drink as much water as I can. Often, if I catch it early enough, this makes the headache go away. The other cause for me is when I haven't eaten enough. Presumably it's something to do with blood sugar levels, but I dont understand that enough to know what's going on. Thirdly, bright sunshine doesnt help. If I'm having to squint, then for sure a headache wont be too far away.

Interestingly, no headache has ever started during my wing chun training. This is noteworthy because I train from 7-9pm, which is the most likely time for headaches for me, because I'm getting hungry and tired, and may be starting to relax after a stressful day at work. Also, I'd expect to dehydrate a lot more during training. But strangely the opposite happens - if I go with a headache already in progress, my practice makes the headache go away. Presumably this is due to a combination of the vast quantities of water I drink before training, and the meditative aspects of the art itself.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 26th, 2002 12:54 pm (UTC)
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For me one of the conditions of the dehydration headache also seems to be overheating, so I'm wondering if you ha ve moments when you're in a rest state during your training (to have a few moments to disapate some heat. Also not being in direct sunlight probably helps too.

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from: soulsong
date: Aug. 26th, 2002 01:15 pm (UTC)
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yeah, lots of sweat :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 26th, 2002 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I'll try that.

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from: wig
date: Aug. 26th, 2002 02:42 pm (UTC)
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What kind of shoes did you get? Have you used clipless pedals before?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 26th, 2002 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Some type of shimano clipless sandles (which may be discontinued now.)

No, I've never used clipless before. I'm hoping it won't be too difficult. (Though I'm currently stuck on trying to figure out how to clip the shoes in.)

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wig

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from: wig
date: Aug. 27th, 2002 03:17 am (UTC)
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My shoes work with (Shimano) SPD pedals - to clip in I push forwards and down. To get out I twist my ankle sharpish to the side.

You should be able to adjust the pedals so that you don't have to work too hard to get out of them. I think most people start with the adjustment loose like that, then eventually tighten them up more as they become more confident.

When I first got clipless cleats and pedals, I had someone hold my bike upright while I just practiced stepping in and out. It was a bit scary at first but now I love clipless!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 28th, 2002 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I think they're shimano SPDs as well, I'm currently at trying to figure out how to line the shoes up so they clip in correctly.

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