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Old 08-02-07, 11:27 PM   #1
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Never replacing electrolytes?

Hello,
I use my bike to commute to work daily. It is a short distance of 4 miles each way. One of my reasons for bike commuting is for exercise, so I try to push myself and ride hard each way.

I'm curious if it is a problem to never "artificially" replace electrolytes? It only takes me 10-15 minutes each way, so all I really drink is a little bit of water at a stoplight or two, and a bit more when I get to work or home. However, I do sweat quite a bit, so I'm not sure if electrolyte loss is compounding every day...?

I have an average diet (moderate-to-healthy meals), so I'm guessing that helps normalize everything?

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Old 08-02-07, 11:31 PM   #2
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You aren't going to lose enough electrolytes to worry about on a 4 mile each way ride.

Cyclists need to start thinking about electrolyte loss when they get up to metric centuries and longer, and especially if the ride is very hot or very cold.
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It depends. If you were to say have worked hard for an hour in the yard here on the Gulf Coast, then did that hard 15 minutes, even the next day, you might feel better with some electrolytes. I know I would as would my wife. My wife and I had to "discover" electrolytes some 40 years ago when we first moved here.

The typical American diet is very high in salt anyway, so many folks can go a long time with out additional electrolytes.

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Usual rule of thumbs .. under 1h stick to water, 1-2 watr or electro, more than2 start thinking about energy..
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