So, after a long Sunday ride (double-metric), my wife and I were discussing nutrition. My wife is a health/organic/green nut, and she is very well versed in nutrition.
I told her that on two of the stops I got a diet-coke and on another I got a sparkling flavored water. Now, given that she doesn't like soda (for various reasons) she said the carbonation was bad for me on my long rides.
However, on my long rides (over 70 miles), sometimes a carbonated beverage is the only thing that I a) have a taste for b) enjoy drinking c) peps me for the rest of the ride.
So, is there an issue with carbonation on a long ride?
Secondly, I was telling her about the salt crystals forming on my shirt from sweating, and she said that I have too much salt in my system. However, I heard that under strenuous exercise you can loose huge amounts of salt through sweat, and need to replace this along the way. So, she is basically saying avoid salt on the rides, and I think it (at least for me is the exact opposite).
So, help me prove my wife wrong, so she will get off my back when I stop for a plate of french fries mid century.
PS, my other nutrition/food/beverage factors are pretty good IMHO, and I feel pretty good (all things considered) after a long ride.