Sunday, December 10, 2006

it's cold out

Here's something I didn't think I'd experience, but we had a case of onset hypothermia on a ride. That's not a good thing, so here's some quick info about it.

Hypothermia symptoms include:

  • Uncontrollable shivering (although, at extremely low body temperatures, shivering may stop)
  • Weakness and loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Pale and cold skin
  • Drowsiness – especially in more severe stages
  • Slowed breathing or heart rate
Hypothermia signs that can be observed by others:
  • Slowing of pace, drowsiness, fatigue
  • Stumbling
  • Thickness of Speech
  • Amnesia
  • Irrationality, poor judgment
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of perceptual contact with environment
  • Blueness of skin
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Decreased heart and respiration
  • Stupor

Now it's not really cold out right now, but it's enough (I saw online that you can get hypothermia in 70 degree weather. I'd say that's unlikely though for cycling)

If it's in the 20's or colder, and we will go out in those conditions, DRESS WARM!
Layers, Layers, Layers.
Wool, fleece, under armor, windbreaker, you name it (actually, I wear ALL that when it gets below 20)
We don't want to get seriously messed up out there.
Keep riding!!


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