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Old 06-28-13, 08:00 PM   #1
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Copious water consumption

I drink more during bike rides than anyone else I know. For example, during a recent group ride, most riders had two bottles and didn't finish them before the rest stop. I had five bottles, and drank them dry before the rest stop. I recently bought a Camelbak so that I don't have to carry so many bottles, which takes care of the immediate problem.

I drink mostly h2o, and sometimes diluted Gatorade or Cytomax. On long or hot rides, I make sure to get plenty of electrolytes, either through food or pills. So long as I drink enough, I feel fine. If I try to cut back on fluids, I fade very quickly. I guess it may be psychological, but I don't think so.

It probably bears mentioning that I sweat copiously, too. And when I say copiously, I mean copiously.

Does anyone else have this issue? Is there a better way to approach it? Should I be worried about anything?
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Old 06-28-13, 08:12 PM   #2
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Doesn't sound like a problem as long as you are replacing electrolytes, which it seems like you are. Do urinate frequently when not exercising?
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Old 06-28-13, 08:26 PM   #3
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I do pee a lot during the day, and even more for a few hours after a long ride.
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Have you had your blood sugar level checked recently?
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Old 06-28-13, 09:24 PM   #5
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Yeah, I had a full blood work up about 3 months ago. I am on meds for thyroid and cholesterol, but sugars are normal.
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Old 06-29-13, 10:42 AM   #6
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In general it isn't a great idea to over-hydrate. But if you are drinking because you are thirsty (rather than to some pre-set timetable because you think you're going to need it) and exhibit none of the symptoms of hyponatremia, I guess you're OK.
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