US West Cup #5 Podium: left to right: Krista, Kathy, Amanda, Allison, Natasha
I was very happy after the race because I knew I had recovered, I was able to race and even race without enough water. I am sure the only reason I was able to race and race well today was because of the ice bath I got at the Sea Otter finish line. The doctors told me that the ice shoved in my jersey and dumped all over me got my core body temperature down quickly enough that it didn't do much damage. The Dr.s base this on the heatstroke symptoms I was getting followed by the blood test results which showed no organ damage. So if someone has heat exhaustion or heatstroke symptoms, get the core body temp down ASAP.
The cross over from heat exhaustion to heat stoke seems to be the internal damage.
heat exhaustion symptoms
pale, clammy skin
very high body temperature (above 103degrees by mouth)
red, hot, dry skin (no sweating)
rapid, strong pulse