I am a new cyclist and have only been riding since May. I am female, 5'8" and about 200lbs (down from 210 ) I am currently training for the MS 150 in my area, so I am riding 100-125 miles per week. I usually ride 24-32 miles twice per week and then one longer ride (50-70 miles) on SAturday and sometimes a slower recovery ride on Sundays.
I find that I tend to drink at least twice as much water as the other riders in the group. I live in Georgia, so it is definitely HOT and huumid, but I don't seem to be as sensitive to it as I would have thought from the standpoint that I don't seem to tire that much more on the hotter days than the cooler days.
Tonight, for example, we did about 30 miles. I noticed the others still had plenty of water in both of their bottles. By 15 miles, I had already drunk both of mine and had to mooch some from someone else. I would have had one more if I could have gotten it. When we were done, I drank a huge bottle of Gatorade (not my first choice, but I was thirsty).
Later in the evening I had a headache, which I assume is from dehydration.
Is this normal, or am I drinking too much? Do you think I am not drinking enough at other times during the day?
Your insight is appreciated.