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Hydration(4 posts)

HydrationGTrider215
Jun 15, 2001 10:18 AM
hey im not really sure about hydration. Like i live in Daytona Beach, Florida so it gets hott as hell down here. And my friend tells me ill get a cramp or something if i drink too much water. He drinks just a couple gulps and doesnt drink for about another 35 miles. But when i dont drink a lot of water i seem to tire more quickly i was wondering if its badd too drink too much water when your riding or whatever. ok thanks.
re: Hydrationpeloton
Jun 15, 2001 10:30 AM
I would say that when it is hot outside, especially Daytona Beach hot, you would find it hard to drink too much water. Your body can sweat out an amazing amount of water in hot climates during exertion. You might cramp if you were to drink a lot of water at once during exercise. That is why it is important to drink a small amount frequently. Every 10 or 15 minutes, make it a point to have a large gulp of water when you are riding. You can do this more often if it is particularly hot.

A good way to find out if you drink enough when riding is to weigh yourself before a ride (when you know you are well hydrated), and then weigh yourself immediately after the ride. Any difference in weight is from water weight. If you are a pound lighter, than you have a pound less water in your system than when you started. You should have consumed that much more water when riding. A small percentage of the bodies' water weight lost can have a huge difference on athletic performance. You will quickly lose endurance, and the ability to perform fine motor tasks. Hydration is very important to maintaining your ability to work hard and safely.

Drink often, even when you aren't thirsty. If you are thirsty, it is too late.
re: HydrationJL
Jun 15, 2001 12:25 PM
Drink! Drink! and Drink! If you drink too much you'll only have to pee, but it won't hurt you. I agree with what Peloton said too.

I had hydration issues earlier this year and thought I was having heart problems. Turned out I wasn't drinking enough when I WASN'T riding and would get dizzy, rapid heart rate, etc during my rides. I was drinking during the ride, but it couldn't make up for the insufficient amount in my body. A stress test proved it wasn't my heart and the theory, which seems to be correct, was that I wasn't drinking enough. I can truly attest that not enough water/Cytomax and the performance goes downhill. Another thing I've read is that you should Need to get up once during the night to pee as a way to know you're drinking enough. So drink plenty of water and you should be fine. Also, watch how much alcohol you drink as this tends to dry you out.

Good luck

JL
re: HydrationBig Lug
Jun 15, 2001 5:32 PM
Yeah GT,

Don't listen to your friend there. He may be some freak of nature who doesn't require much water, like my wife, but most of us humanoids need plenty of water to stay healthy, especially if you happen to ride around on a bicycle for hours on end.
The only time I cramp is when I DON'T drink enough.

I had a recurring lower back problem until I read up on water intake.
No more back spasm's. Go to www.watercure.com if you want to read some fascinating info on water and it's value to the human body.
Most people in our society are chronically dehydrated. They drink gallons of soda pop, alcohol, coffe and tea and they think they're getting all the water they need. WRONG! Drinking anything other than water requires water from your body to process, leaving you even more dehydrated.

Trust us, drink plenty of water, before, during and after you ride.
Half your body weight in oz. of water everyday. You'll feel like a new man. Tell your friend to drink more too. He'll probably get faster as well.