by cactuscat   April 9, 2009  

Whenever I go out for a long ride I always get a headache afterwards, or sometimes even before i finish. Normally a shot of ibuprofen gets rid of it, but i'd rather it didn't happen at all... it's not dehydration (i don't think) cause i drink loads. anyone got any tips?

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Could it be your sinuses or perhaps it's something to do with you position on the bike that is so slight it doesn't affect you over shorter distances?

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
9th April 2009 - 18:48


I get the same, and think it is a nutrition issue. I've found that avoiding the things I really fancy when I get back helps. By that I mean anything sugary; cakes, biscuits and sweets etc and definitely espresso based coffee (my favourite!).

I always want a double espresso shortly after I come back, and always end up with a major headache for the rest of the day.

I now have something like sardines on toast and orange juice, and avoid sugar and caffeine for a couple of hours after a long ride. This has made quite a difference and the headaches are much rarer now.

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posted by DaSy [690 posts]
10th April 2009 - 7:56


Maybe, like DaSy says it could be a sugar spike thing? I get dizzy spells after eating sugary foods and have to lie down for a while to let it pass (according to doctors this means I am healthy!)

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posted by TwiggyHo [60 posts]
10th April 2009 - 16:02


Before you discount the dehydration option (as many underestinate their losses) weigh yourself (naked and after emptying your bladder) pre-ride and then do the same on return (once again as nature intended and with an empty bladder). I've frequently been surprised by the difference, especiall when you convert it to %age loss.

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posted by narch [120 posts]
10th April 2009 - 20:16


thanks for your thoughts everyone. i'm a bit of a post-ride muncher so might try and cut back on that. and might try the weighing too narch, though i fear it will only confirm to mrs c that i'm a bit weird, and so is cycling.

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posted by cactuscat [305 posts]
10th April 2009 - 20:25


You mean it's not the natural thing to do? Might explain my wife's raised eyebrows, I suppose.

It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.

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posted by narch [120 posts]
10th April 2009 - 22:17


I'm trying the weighing and I don't even get headaches! Surprise

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posted by Hammy [97 posts]
10th April 2009 - 22:23