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When Will I Learn?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

I am not sure why but my entire life I have tried to find new ways to challenge myself and quite often the outcome was something less than desireable. I joined the Infantry when I was young, I ran marathons, did long distance triathlons and most recently I refereed four soccer games in 100+ degree temperatures. I drank lots of fluids but I pushed hard and kept up with play for all four games. I later shook hands with a coach and he pulled his hand back saying my skin was really hot. My vision blurred after my third game and people kept telling me I did not look good but I pushed on. And I might add that I had a lot of fun doing it. But I paid for it all day Sunday and most of Monday. When a friend suggested I might have had heat exhaustion I looked up the symptoms and bingo! I wish I could say I learned my lesson but I have four games coming up this Saturday, they are projecting close to 100 degrees again and I am already excited about it. Maybe I will get smarter when I’m in my sixties.
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    I am 57 right now. I do not think I learn more now then I was 20.Good luck with your games.
    3928 days ago
    Learning to respect your own body's limits is difficult, especially when people like ourselves push to do our best in all things we do.

    Earlier this month, on a nice hot day, I decided to help My Guy in the yard, and I mowed our back yard. It's a fairly big yard, and it has to be done with a push mower, not a ride-on. It was so hot, and I wasn't drinking enough water to stay hydrated, but I didn't realize it until I came into the house, nearly an hour later, completely exhausted and feeling nauseous. It was nearly 2 hours later before I had enough energy to take a cool shower, and then I had to slowly rebuild the fluids lost, which took nearly 6 more hours. The worst part was that the section of back yard I mowed should have been done for the time I spent out there... but it was barely half done. That really bummed me out, but when I spoke to My Guy about only accomplishing half, he chewed me out royally for letting me get that dehydrated and heat exhausted. I don't normally let that happen, but sometimes being over-exhuberant about an activity makes me forget my own limits.

    Discovering my exercising limits has been a very long trial & error attempt, but as I grow stronger, I have learned to keep listening to my body's signals. My limits get pushed, and for cardio, that's good. But too much, and I'm no better off than if I had done none at all.

    Oh, and if you think you'll get smarter in your 60's, just remember you're not 20 anymore too. :-P

    Hang in there, and remember to sip a lot of water this weekend!
    3929 days ago
  • BITSY0516
    Lots of COOL liquids to keep your body temp down. I've had heat exhaustion a couple times myself and paid dearly for it, so I know how it feels. Just try to take it easy, have a wet towel inside a cooler to put on your head once in a while to cool yourself off and lots of cool liquids to keep the body temp down. :-)
    3929 days ago
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