Join Date: Sep 2003
Bikes: Giant OCR1/Specialized Epic
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body needs different.
I live in Arkansas, and it's perfect xc riding weather right now (slightly overcast, 80 degrees). However, this summer when it was 105 degrees+ I noticed a needed not only far more water, but also more food.
Now, I can go 2 hours before I feel the need for a gel or granola bar. Furthermore, I can rely solely on the water in my hydration pack, rather than needing a sports drink. If I put gatorade in my bottle cage, then I don't feel like I need a gel. I typically ride 2-3 hours 3-4 times per week, and I lift weights 3 times per week. I'm a 120 lb. female, but I'm not sure that matters. Any thoughts. Is it just the temperature difference? Should I continue to drink sports drinks and take in carbs/calories even though my body feels good?