HHH: Heat and Health

The 30th Annual Hotter 'N Hell Hundred is on track to live up to its name. The increased temperatures are forcing riders to think about how their bodies will handle the heat.  Newschannel 6 went to the experts for tips on how riders can stay safe.

Professional rider Joshua Carter with the AeroCat race team trains year round. He says the best thing to do is condition your body for the weather. "You definitely have to be used to it to try and be able to perform," he said.

He maintains a healthy diet and drinks a lot of water. Those are the main tips Wilbarger General Hospital Nurse Melanie Milner, RN says to do. "Prior to the race, you need to get a good night's sleep. You need to eat well, you need to load up on fruits and vegetables that are high on water content," she explained.

She says there foods you can eat to keep an upper hand.








Green leafy vegetables




If you start to feel light headed, its time to pull over and cool down, according to Milner. The heat can really affect your body. "It can cause anything from lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting or nausea," she said.

Riders like Carter try to avoid those things. He has other tips for less-experienced riders. "Use ice packs in your jersey and cold water if you can get it. Just drink a lot and be patient and take it as it comes. The heat affects how you ride. You can't be fast all day long in this heat," he said.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6