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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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  • NIGHTSTAR777
    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
  • JLDACQ
    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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