Roshambo Racing

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Motion Sickness!

This post is about barfing.  Or, really about trying not to barf.

We rallied for 7 years in the RX-7, and as long as I used the TransDerm Scop patch, I didn't get motion-sick.  Without the patch, I get violently motion sick... sometimes even in a street car.  And even once with the patch, I barfed in the car!  Laughlin, 2005 - It was dark and very very dusty and I lost it.

I barfed in my helmet once before- But that was in the baja car, before I realized how motion-sick I could get, and without anything except Dramamine to help.

Of course, I never get sick when driving!

But in 2010, I had a lot of trouble in the new Subaru rally car.  Some possibly causes:

- This car is MUCH faster than the RX-7
- The seating position is different from the RX-7
- The new car rotates about a different axis from the RX-7
- I may be developing a resistance to the scopolamine in the patch
- We've done recce events this year...

At a recce event, we drive the roads in advance of the rally.  That means that I have been putting the patch on a day earlier than usual.  So, I'd put the patch on on Thursday night for a Friday recce, and then leave it on for Saturday racing.  It's supposed to last for three days, but maybe it's wearing off too quickly?

I'm not sure what the cause, but I'm going to try again this year.  I may try using a fresh patch each night. 

Or maybe I'll just build a funnel and hose into my helmet!  :)

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