When trail driving in the heat, in the humidity, and for trails of great distance, someone will inevitably throw up, and, nine times out of ten, they will do it right in front of your supply station.
It’s as if the act of stopping is such a shock to the system that the body responds by ridding the stomach of all its contents.
Unfortunately, few (if any) warning signs exist. Most athletes look hot and tired anyway, so you can’t really use either as indicators. What’s more, you never know how fast that vomit will fly out of a person’s mouth (or nose, for that matter). You’ll always be caught unawares.
In other words, don’t wear your favorite shoes — unless, of course, you’re looking for a reason to buy a new pair. Then, more power to ya!
If you find yourself dealing with a puker, and you eventually will, I recommend doing the following:
1. Let ‘em blow. When someone has to puke, there’s not much you can do about it. Just let the person puke until he gets it all out of his system.
2. Hydrate. As soon as he throws up, he’ll likely start feeling better. It’s at this time when you can start managing hydration.
3. Move the truck. You don’t want make everyone else stand in someone else’s vomit, so move the truck and supply station at least a good six feet forward.
Before attending to the location of your supply station, pay attention for any symptoms that may indicate a serious problem. And though most athletes will know whether they’ve passed the point of no return, so to speak, it never hurts to have an extra set of eyes.
If the athlete’s pupils are highly dilated, he’s experiencing abdominal cramping, or can’t manage his body temperature, pull him off the course. It’s more serious than just being a puker.
That’s pretty much it. Enjoy your next trail drive!