Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Bikes: Fuji Cross Comp, BMC SR02
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Oregon resident here, just rode 55 miles in Alabama today. Off the road by 11am, comfortably warm and humid, not oppressive. Drank a bottle of water before I left the motel, and about 72 ounces on the road, much of it Gatorade. Have no idea of weight loss, but I was surprised at how little of that water went through me on the road. Drank 24 oz of cold water and a cuppa joe upon my return.
Realized that I haven't been doing as much drinking on the bike as I should going into last weekend's Tour de Hood on Mt. Hood in Oregon. I resolved to swaller as much as I could on the ride, and managed to have to pee three times on the ride. Caution, though - it is possible to drink too much water (research some of the dead marathoners who have done so), so be sure there are electrolytes coming in, too.
The point about watching your forearms is good, but in the dryer west (even in Oregon), the sweat can evaporate before you see it. Be religious about hydration. I am a convert - I even got one of those double-bottle triathlete things that goes on the back of your seat so I have enough for the days I am not near a store on my ride, or am on a group ride with significant distances between rest stops.