Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:22 AM
Yesterday (7-7-03), me and my friend went to SFA for the day. Most of the day was spent on S:RoS with a ride on Wild One and Batwing.

After a couple rides on S:RoS, I began to grey out a little in the 1st helix. In a series of about 4 or 5 rides, this happened on the last 2 or 3. Later in the day (after a 5hr breakdown due to air-gate failure [due to ppl messing with them], and a 1hr storm delay) we got back on S:RoS again. After about 3 rides, I started to grey out again in the first helix only. Every time it just got a little worse, and on the last few times I could hardly see anything - guess you could say I pretty much blacked out then.

I know most of you have experienced this sometime or another. I was just wondering if any of you get it on S:RoS. The odd thing was that on rides like raptor (where g's are quite heavy), I never got this. But on S:RoS, the g's didnt feel like alot, but I still greyed out.

I'm only asking because I dont know if its something most of you get and it happens to many people often, or if its just me and I should be concerned about it. It only happens in the last part of the 1st helix, and right after the train pulls out of it, im back to normal - it doesnt hurt, im just curious about it.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:25 AM
I enjpy it when it happens LOL

Make sure you aren't dehydrated. S:RoS's helix doesn't feel like much but it just lasts for so long.

Greying out shouldn't be an issue at all.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:28 AM
I've only had a 'grey-out' once during the helix on Goliath at SFMM. I attributed that one to the mix of high G's and fatigue from the hectic schedule I was keeping.

I didn't fing the helices on S:RoS to be all that forcefull.
*** This post was edited by chris 7/8/2003 2:30:13 PM ***

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:42 AM
I experienced one significant grey-out on Titan's second helix in late August last year, and I think it was partly due to the 247-degree temperatures, oppressive sun, and 106% humidity in Arlington that day.

However, I could feel myself just barely starting to grey-out in the first helix on S:RoS at SFA last Monday. It was pretty hot that day as well, and I was quite dehydrated.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:45 AM
I've greyed out twice, one for a substantial amount longer than the other. My first greyout was on Two-Face at SFA. It was a 95+ day and I had a 1/2 headache, which I am positive contributed to my greying out. I believe I was out for about 2 seconds, right in between the vertical loop and boomerang on the return trip (I was sitting backwards). The 2nd of which was on Shockwave's 3rd loop, I'm not quite sure why I greyed out, I have ridden GASM at SFGadv before without trouble, and that is a larger coaster.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:51 AM
I experience gray-outs somewhat regularly. On my recent trip to Ohio, both Face/Off and Millennium Force caused me to gray-out, although the degree of gray-out was vastly different. It was barely noticeable on MF's island turnaround, but I uttered out loud on Face/Off, "Ohhhh... I'm passing out!"

As long as I can anticipate the high-G area, I can do the lower-body muscle clench and stave off a gray-out. I had grown accustomed to that on SFGAm's Batman and Shockwave. It worked like a charm on my only ride on Goliath, too. Duration of G's definitely factors into the equation, though. I'm never surprised by a gray-out occurring in a helix, or large turn.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:52 AM
Funny, this year I had the same problem @ DL on SROS, maybe because it was 100 degrees out and the thing was flyin.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:06 AM
MagnumForce - I also like it to some extent. Im not worried about it, but when I told my friend, she seemed to be very concerned since she wasnt getting the same thing.

After what most of you have said, It must have just been from being dehydrated. All we had to drink throughout the day was soda, so next time ill be sure to drink plenty of water.

Thanks everyone.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:19 AM
I was at Darien Lake last Thursday and was greying out on the first helix. The second time it happened I was almost seeing absolutely nothing.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:24 AM
I definitely greyed out in the first helix on S:RoS when I was dehydrated. Also on MF's first overbank. I really think duration is more of a factor than magnitude.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:37 AM

Vater said:
I experienced one significant grey-out on Titan's second helix in late August last year, and I think it was partly due to the 247-degree temperatures, oppressive sun, and 106% humidity in Arlington that day.

However, I could feel myself just barely starting to grey-out in the first helix on S:RoS at SFA last Monday. It was pretty hot that day as well, and I was quite dehydrated.

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247 degree temperatures? Last time I checked Titan wasn't located on the sun.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:40 AM
I experienced a black out on on S:UF the 5th time I rode it in about 45 minutes.
Also my first ride on The Hulk. But never experienced it on my rides on S:RoS
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:41 AM
I've greyed out almost every time I've ridden Millennium Force on the 1st overbank. At first I thought it was just the sun but then I rode it when the sun was behind me and still greyed out. I didn't really like it but it didn't seem to affect me so i forgot about it. Then it happened again on the Double Loop and I was really confused. Why would I grey out on the Double Loop? It's the tamest looping coaster I have ever been on. My friend in the seet next to me claimed that he experienced the same thing on the ride. We went for rerides just to see if it would happen again but it hasn't since. It was weird because I had just finished a glass of water before riding too. Does anyone know why this happened because I am baffled.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:46 AM
Actually Double Loop has some very heavy G's between the loops. I am not suprised to hear about someone greying out on it.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:48 AM

SFNE Dude said:
247 degree temperatures? Last time I checked Titan wasn't located on the sun.

Last time I checked, the sun was a bit more than 247 degrees. ;)

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*** This post was edited by Vater 7/8/2003 3:49:21 PM ***

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 11:57 AM
You finished a glass of water at an amusement park Zima?Lol. I'm not sure greying out is normal on a coaster no matter what kind of forces the ride exerts on you. Could send you a sign that your body can't handle the forces and you thus shouldn't ride that coaster. This is where I then call attention to those neat little signs they have at the entrance of most rollercoasters talking about riding at your own risk and safety and all that jazz. Other factors, like those discussed, dehydration, lack of food, illness, weather, all could play a part.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 12:10 PM
The first helix on SROS has one of the longest sustained G loadings of any coaster. It's over 540 degrees of sustained turning. The total time in the helix is around 10 seconds. That's a long time compared to the G's on most other coasters. This is why quite a few people tend to grey out on it.

To reduce greying out:
1) Talk care of yourself, eat, drink, and don't get over heated.
2) Tense your leg muscles and you abdominals. Thene squeeze out a sort of grunt. This forces the blood up from the lower portions of your body.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 12:14 PM
Ya know, a glass of water- as in a restaurant DorneyDante? :)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 1:45 PM

Vater said:

SFNE Dude said:
247 degree temperatures? Last time I checked Titan wasn't located on the sun.

Last time I checked, the sun was a bit more than 247 degrees. ;)

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*** This post was edited by Vater 7/8/2003 3:49:21 PM ***

It's called a joke.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 1:55 PM
All this talk of people almost passing out on rides is only fueling the fire for certain groups of people that more laws and government regulations are needed...and to be honest I don't believe any of you "grey out" as a direct result of riding roller coasters. Drink some water and sit in the shade for a few minutes.
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