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whole nother level of miserable. I like that.

When I had my first tow vehicle with air I thought I was in high cotton. On the way to the track I passed a guy with his windows down and I knew he had air. I asked about it at the track.
He said he has no air at work and the track has no air so he figured he better stay used to the heat.
Seemed reasonable but this guy was also known to be a the biggest grump ever,,,on a good day. Coincidence?

I thought he was right but selected a more moderate approach. 10 miles from the track I turn the air off and open the windows. The air does not go back on until we leave or someone is in heat distress. Seems to help I think.


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Work outside most days.Have done 12 hr days in 95* standing on osb floor or roof(temp gun reading 110 to 130). No more now days 6 or 7 hrs and I'm dead(well close). I get to house,stat goes to 68 to 70 with fan on me and beer. May or may not get out of recliner before time to go back at it.

Heck I do my best to get customer to build house September thru May if possible.

Being in heat all day does not help tolerance for me.




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I think one of the problems with the heat is a lot of us, like me work inside year round and don't get acclimated to outdoor weather like we may have in younger days when AC was not as prevalent as it is now.

AT 55 I COULD HANDLE THE HEAT A LOT BETTER, NOW AT 67 NOT SO MUCH. AT AROUND 60 I FELT LIKE THE HEAT REALLY STARTED TO TAKE IT'S TOLL ON ME, SO MUCH THAT I WENT TO A HEART DOCTOR FOR A FULL CHECKUP WITH STRESS TEST AND ALL. MY FATHER DIED FROM A HEART ATTACK AT 58. THE DOC SAID I PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE.
I TRY TO STAY ACCUSTOMED TO THE HEAT, AND DUE TO SWEATING SO HEAVY I CANNOT STAND A/C, I SIT IN FRONT OF A LITTLE BLOWER FAN BETWEEN ROUNDS IN THE TRAILER.
I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT WORKING ON THE CAR AT THE TRACK, I TRY TO MAKE SURE THE CAR IS READY AT HOME, IF IT BREAKS I LOAD UP.


Bingo.

I make an effort to acclimate myself to heat and humidity. I work inside in the A/C, but I do my own yard work, and I take a 4-mile, one hour walk outside in my neighborhood 4 - 5 nights a week. Important point - working out on a treadmill or whatever in an air conditioned gym won't help you deal with heat and humidity at the track.

I'll be 55 shortly, and the heat doesn't bother me as long as I have shade and something cold to drink. And I'll jump in the cab of my truck, crank it up, and let the A/C blow on me for 10-15 minutes every now and then. I figure it helps keep me sharp.

All that said, I drive a slower door car (so no jacket or fire suit required) and know that even at 55, I am still younger than many drivers, so who knows what the future holds.

One last time thought - when it's hot, I do NOT make repairs at the track. If something breaks, I load up and go home. Driving in the heat is one thing, spinning wrenches is a whole 'nother level of miserable.


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I will not sit inside an airconditioned truck and will never put AC on my trailer. I had a bad day years ago when I got out of my truck and right into the race car and went to the lanes. Within five minutes I felt light headed and went back to the trailer. Never did that again! I have a fan or two in my enclosed trailer and simply stay out of the sun, drink plenty of fluids, eat bananas and other fruit, and make sure to drink Gatoraide.

I also found another way to deal with the heat, but next to no one will want to do it. Had to go through chemo a few years ago, was taking Fluorouracil, which also goes by the name 5-FU (and yes, it is a BIG F U to those that have been through it!)

Anyway, I normally HATE the heat, but when I was on that stuff I was the polar opposite (pun intended!). I couldn't get enough of the heat. Plus the way it slowed me down, I always hit the tree the same. Could never get amped-up and jump on it. Dang I wish I could be like that all the time without that poison!
 
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I guess I will test my line this weekend. Going to Thunder Valley in Noble, Ok. First time I've raced there and it is supposed to be 101° Saturday. It's so Hot



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Updated weather forecast for Saturday race, 110 degrees. Yippee!!! NOT


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Updated weather forecast for Saturday race, 110 degrees. Yippee!!! NOT


That's just crazy. Be careful out there. Wait!! It's a dry heat right? LOL



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I am 76 years old---for the most part heat don't bother me. I just redid my deck on the 3 hottest days of the year. Not fond of heat it just don't seem to bother me much. Lived in Ariz as a kid then worked in some of the hottest countries in the world and all of it outside just might have conditioned me.....at this age I seem to get tired quicker some days and I am sure heat helps get me tired.......Drink lots of water and stay in the shade, sun burn ain't no fun!
 
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Updated weather forecast for Saturday race, 110 degrees. Yippee!!! NOT

the issue with that heat is most tracks will be junk with temps around 150 degrees. Sounds like a good day to stay indoors with the AC or stay in the water up to your neck. Relaxing
 
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the issue with that heat is most tracks will be junk with temps around 150 degrees. Sounds like a good day to stay indoors with the AC or stay in the water up to your neck. Relaxing


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I don't race much anymore.... When we were racing allot, you could find me in the car (lanes), in the trailer (in the AC), or in the Motorhome (in the AC). Never bothered me going from AC to heat.

We put in an inground pool about 5 years ago.... Now, I spend allot of time around it on the weekends! I usually jump in right after mowing to cool off.

Still have the car, but just don't really have the drive to race much anymore. I guess Ill make my annual "coming out of retirement" appearance on Thanksgiving weekend, where the heat wont matter!


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Our local tracks have arranged the schedule to allow the three hottest months of the summer as a break from the points races, I don't enjoy racing in 100* heat, glad they still have friday night races to keep you in practice.
 
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It's our biggest race of the year and I'm on the board of directors so I better be there. Pivotdoc and Dirtdobber are in Denver at the Divisional race. Don't know how it slipped by me that the races were conflicting.

Oh well, I'm going to try my cool vest for the very first time. I'll report back as to how it works.

I got word that the defending champ for this race is not gonna make it. He said 110 is just too hot for him. Can't say that I blame him but was hoping he would be here.


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Thrashing to try and finish new car in time for a race Saturday, giving 100 with heat index of 107. Not real sure how smart i am! Cool
 
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23year old me didn't care if it was 100+ and I would sit on an open trailer and bake but we were racing so it was worth it. 43 year old me has enclosed trailer with a/c and could care less about going when over 90 It's so Hot


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Do what you feel most comfortable with. Don't try to be a hero. If it's hot out, your probably better staying out of the ac and hanging in the shade with a fan. In and out of the ac would probably run your risks up higher. There is no such thing as drinking too much fluids during a hot day. Just keep piling it in.


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I guess I will test my line this weekend. Going to Thunder Valley in Noble, Ok. First time I've raced there and it is supposed to be 101° Saturday. It's so Hot


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For you guys that get cramps here's a little tip. Drink dill pickle juice. It will relieve the cramps in a matter of seconds. Our grocery stores actually carry a watered down version of it just for cramps but I have found that the stuff straight out of a pickle jar works best. The bananas are better for you but if cramps do set in, try the pickle juice.
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I went out to the track tonight for test and tune. The heat is not going to be that bad but the bugs are horrendous!


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Yup, Heatstroke is for life.
Got mine in Kansas City in July years ago at an AHRA race. Remember them?. Brutal couple of days with long waits, suited up in the lanes. Think I was around 30 at the time.

Got a charlie horse in my right leg going down the track. Cry momma time. Had to pull my whole leg up in order to lift. The ankle was locked.

Coming down the return road Kieth Stark of later A/F fame spotted me (pale as a ghost) and forced me to stop, helped me get out as I could not do it. Sat in the shade for a couple of hours. Did the lots of water and cold towel thing. I was pretty out of it by then.

Survived the race, next night in a motel the other leg charlie horsed. Oh geeze. I was walking, sort of, like a crippled 90 yr old for a few days. Did I mention Heatstroke really zaps your energy?

Since then I go from shade to shade to car and back. For a kid that grew up in the hot fields of the farm I assumed I was immune to hot, long days. Nope, It can claim anyone and it never totally leaves.

Hats, lots of water, no soda, shade and common sense are the things to live by.


Are you confusing heat stroke and heat exhaustion? There is a big difference between the two....

I don't do well in the heat, period. Being Irish with white skin, red hair and blue eyes the heat affects me more than most. Hydration, shade and lots of fluids is about all I can do... I don't like racing in July/August.


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