Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by TrailRider
I'll be making long cycling trips in hot, humid weather. A trainer mentioned in passing at a New Year's Eve party that I should take along some tablets that restore your balance of electrolytes and are simply mixed with water, rather than lugging sport drinks or a camel back with me. I think she said there were called "Nons" or something similar. Anyone know what she was referring to?
Many years ago we used salt tablets in humid weather, but doubt as to whether you can get them now. Isotonic drinks do have essential salts in them and work. They help on salt replacement and have a better effect on thirst than water or "Non" isotonic drinks. I actually use a powder to mix up with water, and this works out a lot cheaper, but a good substitute is 50% water- 50% pure fruit juice- a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt.
A camelback is the best way to carry liquid. May take a little while to get used to but that spout is always handy for a quick slurp whilst riding. You can keep sipping all the time.
Water intake is important so look to taking 1 litre of it per hour. On my big ride we have a back up crew, and they pass us a 500ml bottle of water every hour. We drink this immediately and still sip from the camelbacks. Loo stops are generraly about 5 minutes after being passed the water, but the sure indication of dehydration is yellow urine. If it is clear or faint yellow then no problem. If you get dehydrated even slightly then you will pay for it. Energy will go, legs will get heavy and brain will go. It will then take a litre of water and about 20 minutes before you start to feel better, and by that time another litre of water will be needed.
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