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Water and Racing(4 posts)

Water and Racingsuperdreadnought
Jul 17, 2003 6:07 PM
Just got back from a road race (45 laps on a 1 km course). I used a two-liter CamelBak; I ended up drinking the whole thing by about two-thirds way through the race. How much water is normal to drink in a race that long (I was in the B group)? Ended the race somewhat thirsty. Most people in the race just had two water bottles; of course I have no idea if any of them ran out. I like the CamelBak since I do not have to reach down for a bottle (and using the three-liter CamelBak is too big and too heavy for the road [save it for those very long MTB races]). Am I drinking too much, too little? Is it normal to run out? Drink a lot more water before a racing? Any ideas?

On a side note, racing after work is cool!
The way I decide how much water I need...niteschaos
Jul 17, 2003 6:40 PM
depends on the weather. In the summer I use an oz. per mile training, and 2oz. per mile racing. I carry just enough water so that I run out right at the end of the event. I always bring 3 times as much water as I plan on using during the event in my truck so when I get back to the vehicle I can start rehydrating.
re: Water and Racingrussw19
Jul 17, 2003 7:06 PM
Simply put, if you ended the race thirsty, you didn't drink enough.

Most people on the bike don't drink enough fluids. You can always tell by checking the color of your urine after a ride. If it is clear, or clear-yellow, you are fine and hydrated. But if it is dark yellow or yellow-brown and has a strong odor to it, you are very dehydrated and need to drink much more on the bike.

Also, I go thru more water on my rides now than I used to because I live in a very humid area... heat and humidity are major factors as well as how hard you are working.

But the bottom line is you can't drink too much if it's just water... you will just pee out the extra.

Actually you can drink too much water.niteschaos
Jul 18, 2003 6:33 AM
I had a bad case of Hypnoatremia (I think that's how it's spelled) because I had too much water and not enough electrolytes in my system. I basically deluted and sweated out all the electrolytes in my system. True, if I had better nutritional support it wouldn't have happened at all, but that's the way things broke down. Chain vomitting not fun at all.