NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Being from Florida, I can attest to the importance of drinking a ton of water when riding. I usually try to hydrate by drinking at least twice the daily recommended amount, (64 oz) or, two (2) full Gatorade Quart sized containers of water during the day BEFORE I'm planning to go riding. That way I don't don't have to drown myself trying to drink enough water on my way to the trails. I also snack on pretzels or peanuts, things that are salty to help you retain water. I also snack on beef jerky, but only a small amount so it doesn't sit in your stomach during the ride.
Dehydration can be a scary thing. I've been riding in 95 degree weather with a humidity factor of about 90%, (Typical summer day in FL) and have gotten a chill. That's scary!!!! You know right then to stop and empty your water bottle or Camelback and head back to the car immediately!!! This can lead to muscle cramps which will force you to stop or walk back which causes you to be without H20 for an even longer period of time.
Dehydration can also lead to hypothermia in COLD weather. So all of you in northern climates be careful in the winter time.
Have fun, stay hydrated, eat salty foods and ride HARD!!
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