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Water and Racingsuperdreadnought
Jul 20, 2003 6:12 PM
Did a road race the other day after work (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?
just listen to your body.niteschaos
Jul 20, 2003 8:53 PM
If you aren't as effecient as someone else, you are still gonna have to drink more until you get there. You may need water bottles in addition to your Camelback.
I think what you mean is to listen to one's body for next time,bill
Jul 21, 2003 7:09 AM
because if wait to drink until you're thirsty, particularly in a race, it's kind of too late.
I pre-hydrate like mad -- for hours before as well as draining a bit into my belly just before the start. As a Cat 4, most of my races aren't too long, so that I don't drink a whole lot during a race and mostly rely on what I'm carrying inside me already, Cat 4 races being nervous affairs where taking a drink entails a hint of risk.