This has probably come up often. I’ve been turboing for years but post my bowel cancer operation I can sweat normally and do so profusely Outdoors I would wear a cap but indoors I want to keep my head cool. How do folk keep sweat out their eyes whilst keeping their head cool on the turbo?
Get at least one, preferably two (or even three… like me since I’m crazy) of these blower fans and place them well:
I have a gym fan on my back and a pedestal fan in my face. Thinking about it I probably need to upgrade that, to something controllable, because I cant have it on more than 1 without being too cold and going numb (d@m chemo) and could do with it on the max setting when warmed up
Almost 2 years ago I got a 24in drum fan by a company named ‘Tornado’ off Amazon. Total game changer. I thought it was less, but according to their amazon listing it is 4000 CFM on low (!), 6000 CFM on medium and 7680 CFM on high. It is actually 2 db less noisy than the central air blower in my apartment and gives me a full body breeze. The main downside is it draws 170-180 watts on medium. I figure if you can throw it in a barn to cool cattle it should be good enough for me.
Stretchy towelling sweat band, I often wonder why more people don’t use them tbh. Fans go without saying.
Anyone use the Omius headband on the trainer? Heard about it on the Endurance Innovation podcast, and keep going back and forth whether to order one. Currently have two Lasko blowers that are doing a pretty good job, but they’re mostly aimed at the arms and trunk so my head gets a bit sweaty still.
As someone with a shaved head, I’ve got experience in this. Yes, fans are always the answer, but assuming you’re maxed in that area:
The single best solution I’ve ever found is the Sweat Gutr. I’ve had one for like… 12 or so years now. I’m not sure how the Halo band works because I don’t have one, but I think it’s similar. Essentially just a plastic piece that channels sweat back. Nothing to absorb or ‘fill up.’ It’ honestly a little gross because if you’re heads down and then you tilt it up after a while you get a ‘dump’ of sweat down your neck, but it’s very effective.
Run the AC, have two fans -front and back. Keep a hand towel handy.
Ceiling fan, 2 blower fans on ground, 1 small vornado on desk and ac on low setting for duration of workout. Air circulation is the biggest thing as the room gradually heats up during the workout.
+1 for headbands,
I would never train without one. Wiping my face on rollers always throws me off balance, but with a headband it’s much more infrequent.
I don’t think any keep sweat off your face completely but they help a lot.
Having more than 2 is a good idea.
I use a smart wool merino beanie in the cave. Cool in summer, warm in winter and keeps a lot of sweat out of eyes…
Does a shaved head change the problem much?
I prefer using a buff folded over to create a headband rather than a specific headband. The multiple layers seem to absorb lots of sweat but it open in the middle to let some heat out.
With very short (buzzed) or no hair on top, sweat pools an drips much more quickly than with “normal length hair”. As such, it often requires some form of sweat control via head band, skull cap and such to direct or restrict sweat as needed. Without those, it just goes all over the place.
Is that the Oxalyplatin? Nasty stuff.
Which parts of you go numb? Is it when you breathe in cold air?
Wondering if the solution might be to aim a powerful fan at your torso / body and keep your whole core cooler, then use a sweatband for your head. Also possibly fingered gloves - at least at the start - if the treatment is affecting your extremities.
I think that’s the stuff thankfully the majority of it is behind me. Immediately after a session it would just breathing cold air alone would be enough to trigger a throttling like effect. The nerves react to the cold air like they are getting crushed. Over the next few weeks the everywhere would go numb if they got too cold but at least the throttling effect subsided. During that time I needed to wear gloves for nearly everything.
Six months ago I definitely couldn’t have had a fan on my torso, it was one of the first places to experience the crushing effect but now the chemo is finished it’s just my fingers and feet that go numb as they still have to recover from the nerve damage the chemo caused. I might try that now
That is why the Sweat Gutt’r or Halo bands don’t work for me…I have a very low head position. Those things work fine if you are more vertical, but the more stretched out / lower you get, the more gravity works against the principle of those things.
Yeah it’s nasty - a family member had it and had to wear a scarf over their face outside in winter because it could be so painful to breathe. Also numb dry and cracked skin on hands and feet.
I spoke to them and he agreed that gloves (and maybe thicker socks and even shoe covers) is probably the only way forward when it comes to neuropathy. I assume you’re already using creams to treat cracked skin if you have that.
A remote control for your fan (which might actually be a remote controlled plug) could be useful so you can do the warm-up and only start to use the fan once your body is heated up a bit. I do this quite a bit anyway.
The other thing that might help (this is something I do before cold outdoor rides and not specific to neuropathy, so take with a pinch of salt) is to soak your hands and even feet in warm water and then dry them off before quickly putting socks / shoes / gloves on, just to try to start them off at a decent temperature. (The obvious safety warning being to make sure the water isn’t hotter than your nerve-damaged extremities realise!)
Maximal cover, socks, shoes, scarf, gloves etc was definitely the way for me last year during the ‘treatment’. Even when it was 38deg in Cambridge I was covered up.
Now I don’t know if my body is reacting to the lack of chemo, as I sweat buckets, or it could just be back to normal. As time goes on it’s only the feet and fingers that are cold and numb with everything else too hot. I’ve managed to not need creams thankfully. I thinking also until the finger/feet are back to normal a remote control fan would be best