Struggling here with cooling, nausea, and water intake. I run hot on indoor and outdoor rides. Indoors I can have both fans on high and other overhead door open when it is 50F outside and I’m leaving a lake of holy water. Outdoors, other riders are bundled up at 60F, and I’m down to shorts and jersey. Then the nausea hits. Trying to take in water just makes me more nauseous.
Besides building more fitness, losing weight, wearing more layers for heat adaptation training, ideas to cope?
Erick this may sound dumb but where do you have the fans positioned? I have the same issue but found it can be partially mitigated by positioning the fans slightly behind me (two feet back and two feet out) blowing in at a 45 degree angle. MUCH more effective for me than in front of me. It might be worth a try.
I don’t run hot, but here is my fan strategy, it works good for me but I am finding I have to turn them up this time of the year!
On the floor in front of the trainer setup, KICKR Headwind in it’s slight angled up position, linked to HR. On rare occasion, I fire the app up and turn it up to a higher manual setting, but not often.
On a trainer/laptop desk at head height, a smaller desktop fan straight at my head, I can reach the knob and turn up or off as needed. Full variable speed.
To my right flank, a medium remote-controlled fan on a low coffee table height stand that I can turn on/off or up/down as needed. Angled up at my torso. Also fully variable speed.
To my left flank, another fully variable speed fan on a pedestal stand. I can’t reach this one and no remote but I just have it set to a comfortable speed on a smart outlet switch so I can ask Alexa to turn it off or on. This is the last fan I will turn on and I wait until it is needed.
They’re not cheap but I have waited for sales on Vornado DC fans and that’s what I use. Also gifted some to my brother for his set up. Amazon Warehouse deals are a great option, but Best Buys sells them (direct only I think) and often at a quite good discount.
I have one head on, angled slightly up to cover me from head to toe. It’s a drum fan and the highest setting is fast. The other fan is slightly offset at an angle, a little smaller than the drum fan.
So your saying a rear fan may help too?
One thing you might want to take a look at is adding magnesium to your diet. Sounds like you might also want to look at a glucose tolerance test as well. When I’m low on sugars, I begin to drip sweat. I have to take on sugars or I will suddenly fell very ill or fatigued.
I recognize everyone is different, but I have eliminated a head on fan altogether. The two on my sides not only do a better job, but I rarely have to turn them all the way up. I have gone from needing a new towel every 15 minutes to just one an hour. It cuts way down on the laundry as well.
As for me, I only use fan blowing from the front that’s always on the highest speed available and it’s angled upwards.
Its position from the front wheel is about 30-odd centimeters or so.
Oh I have to mention, I normally cycle by the sliding glass door so I think that could help too.
And I echo what Sir James @jmckenzieKOS suggests too on the magnesium intake.
Are you drinking plain water?
I take a MG-citrate supplement every day.
Plain water unsettles my stomach and gives me nausea at the high volumes needed to replace fluid during intense exercise. I find adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar to each 550ml bottle makes it sit more gently on my stomach, no problems with nausea. I’ll add a lot more sugar to fuel high intensity sessions 60-80grammes per hour.
Plain tap water is not recommended. Add salts and some sort of carb to it.
Tried various hydration mixes (Scratch, etc.). Hand me the SUF bucket please!
I don’t think it is always possible to cope. Leave the workout as late as possible so it is cooler. Pick workouts with shorter intervals and then during the breaks completely stop, not to rest legs but to cool down as much as possible before the next interval. Even doing all that I still fail. It’s a pity those ice vests you see the professionals wearing before TT are so expensive. I think I’m going to try putting a wet vest in the freezer as a poor man’s version.