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    RustyTainte substructure's Avatar
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    Grit on my face after hard races

    I'm losing a lot of salt during hard rides and races. After last week's race my face felt like I went through a sand storm.

    Does anyone else expierence this?

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    Yep, it's totally normal.

    Ever see all the white stains on the other guy's helmet straps?

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    The worst is when you jump in the shower afterwards and open your eyes before its all washed off your face. Stings a bit.

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    my helmet straps are usually stiff and crusty after a long sweaty ride.

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    I find that's true early in the season. But, as you ride more and more in hot weather, your body adapts to help conserve salt. My long rides in May/June with hot weather typically result in salt deposits on my helmet straps. But, by July/August there's not nearly as much salt buildup.

    Also, different people sweat at different rates. If you're a heavy sweater, and routinely lose a lot of salts, I'd recommend adding some supplemental salt to your sport drink (Gatorade contains a fairly low level of sodium chloride, and a very low level of potassium chloride). A couple of shakes of "Low Salt" in your water bottle will boost both.
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