Posted May 01, 2000 - 04:53 AM
Posted May 01, 2000 - 08:03 AM
2. Fluid. The night before any race (even the day before) drink plenty of fluids. You need to crink so much that your piss is completely clear
3. lots of riding. MX tracks are the best for this as you are required to be on the boil constantly. Every time you feel arm pump, do another lap or two. After a while you will find that you will be able to prolong the effects longer and know how to better deal with it
4. Sqeeze toys. Depends how you use them. Dont squeeze large and heavy units. use the lighter pull units and do many more repetitions.
I hope this helps.
Posted May 01, 2000 - 08:34 AM
Thanks for the info. I to, am wondering how to avoid this. I do have a little information to add.
1)Everyone should drink at least .6ozs per pound of body weight for proper hydration.
2) Strength is not an issue unless you have girly hands. I weight train very heavy and am still affected..greatly.
3) MX riding is the best and the +2 theory is correct.
4) I've been told arm pump is caused from having your forearms flexed in a static position, ie gripping and not moving your fingers.
5) I've found by holding the bike tightly with my knees, allows me to relax my arms.
If anyone can offer more information I'm sure we would all benefit.
Hey Bryan, isn't one of your riding bud's a doctor. What does he say about arm pump.
Posted May 01, 2000 - 09:39 PM
I know Mitch doesn't believe me. He thinks I'm a yankee that likes to spend money (I say that with a smile Mitch, we love you man!). And that may be somewhat true. But here is my experience:
No steering damper: I experienced arm pump within 15 minutes
With steering damper: No arm pump ever
Now keep in mind I'm not a person that usually has lots of excess aches and pains from riding. I get tired like everyone else. But, I'm in excellent shape, I run, mountain bike and lift weights. I eat well (usually) and drink lots of water. I rarely get blisters on my hands and NEVER have any problems with Monkey Butt. The only problem I ever had was with arm pump and now that I have the damper, no more arm pump. Does this product make me any faster? Probably not. But maybe on real rocky terrain? But, it keeps me from crashing as much and keeps me fresher a lot longer.
However, I'd be bummed giving this testimonial and you end up not agreeing.
I don't think you can get a deal on a Scotts anywhere. They seem to price protect their products pretty successfully.
Posted May 01, 2000 - 10:04 AM
Here is another tip a friend gave me. Take two asprin before the race it thins out the blood and allows better blood flow.
Posted May 01, 2000 - 11:03 AM
Posted May 01, 2000 - 12:38 PM
And Mitch, just because I wear sun dresses extensively, and answer to the name of Betty, doesn't mean I have girly hands. But for $3.50, I could be your girly man
Posted May 01, 2000 - 12:44 PM
It sounds like you have already proved that to be true. How much do you warm up. Till they burn and past that point till they burn no longer or do you just warm them up a little bit.
Posted May 01, 2000 - 01:55 PM
I was also more relaxed in this race and I have been concentrating on relaxing my grip while riding. To top it off I injured my left hand and wrist about three weeks ago and I was concerned that I would not be able to finish this race. However, like I said my hands and forearms were not a problem at all.
Like many of you I consider myself to be in good condition. I get most of my exercise form riding but I run and lift weights occassionally. About six years ago I held two state arm wrestling titles and placed fifth in the national championships. I know I would have placed higher but I tore my tricep tendon away from the bone in my second to last match. End of my career as a part time armwrestler but thats another story.
Oh ya, in my training for armwrestling I found many unique ways to train my hands and forearms. One of the most effective exercise for the back of the hand and forearm is very simple. I purchased a glove made for rehabilitating hands after injury. It had ilets on the ends of each finger and a hook in the palm of the hand. You put rubber bands througn the ilets and hook them to the hook. You then straighten your fingers out. this puts a tremendous amount of strain on your forearms and hands if done correctly. I trained for endurance so I would do this for a considerable amount of time and add rubber bands as I got stronger. There is a variety of ways to utilize this glove to strengthen your arms. I still use it when I'm not riding much.
I know I was just repeating what a lot of you already said but what the heck.
Posted May 01, 2000 - 02:19 PM
Being on a submarine and out to sea for months, I learned how important a firm handgrip was. I er...uhhh...mean I READ in...a...Nationl Geograhic how important a good handgrip was!
[This message has been edited by Kevin in New Hampshire (edited 05-01-2000).]
Posted May 02, 2000 - 08:29 AM
Great come back...
Posted May 02, 2000 - 03:05 PM
Posted May 02, 2000 - 04:00 PM
Sorry guys couldnt pass that one up. It was like a meatball hanging over the middle of the plate. You just have to swing at it.
It's all in good fun. Thanks for all the advice guys.
Posted May 02, 2000 - 05:31 PM
Originally posted by Mike:
I have found that there is nothing better for arm pump then to squeeze my wifes breasts for hours on end and from all different angles. Better than any squeeze ball and great for rehab both mentally and physically. Try it, nothing better, except of course twisting the throttle.
Just don't get the two confused. I'm sure the throttle won't care if you squeeze it but you wife might have something to say about having her breasts twisted.
Posted May 02, 2000 - 05:45 PM
Posted May 02, 2000 - 07:17 PM
Posted May 03, 2000 - 04:09 PM
That is the way Burrow's and Pummel's eyes look whenever I walk near their cage.