Don't be fooled by the dark. In this part of the world it's an open sauna even when the sun don't shine.
Last saturday a group of us guys aged teens to 40s went for our weekly game of footie at 19.30 (that's 7.30pm). The sun had just set, yet the heat was just eating us alive. Was about 38-40 Celsius, with over 70% humidity.
We kicked off, and played non-stop till about 20.10 when an argument broke out between the men, that these conditions are unacceptable, and unhealthy
to play in. The ones that have lived in the Gulf for a long time were used to it. People like myself (even though I was still good to play on for another 20 minutes or so) aren't used to these kinds of conditions. And I was actually feeling quite dizzy.
Basically the arguments were: If u are a candidate for cardiac arrest, regardless of climate, u shouldn't be playing football.
Then, for those that are used to this weather or not, there is nothing unhealthy about playing in such conditions. It's just a matter of getting accustomed to it. The more moisture (H2O) there is in the air means the less Oxygen (O2) there is, hence it's more difficult to breath. Correct me if I'm wrong...
Our clothes were literally DRENCHED, as if we had soaked ourselves in water. U could squeeze our shirts and easily a cup of water would be filled!!
Basically I'd like read more about sport and extreme weather conditions. I mean how come Bolivia usually win or draw in La Paz against the likes of Argentina and Brazil from time to time...it's because they are used to that climate, and the air pressure of high altitudes.
Any physios out there that can shed some light on the heat + humidity factor issue please?
Anyone else with similar experience please tell us about it here.