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Old 04-27-14, 11:32 PM   #1
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Drinking Electrolyte drinks when not riding

I read about some aspects about prerace hydration. Or even on days leading to a cycling event. it is important to drink a electrolyte drink on daily basis? As in when your not actually riding or being active.

Is this neccessary? would it be ok to drink something like gatorade or heed or anything when not actually riding? such as when you get up in morning. or just to get body used to drinking such drinks?
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is important to drink a electrolyte drink on daily basis? As in when your not actually riding or being active.

Is this neccessary?
Sure, if you want to get fat from needless sugar calories

Save those calories for eating nutritious food.
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I agree with all of the above posts. If your body isn't expending large amounts of electrolytes, they don't need to be replaced.
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Hydration is important. If you're thirsty when you start riding, you'll be fighting a losing battle to catch up.

So, do stay hydrated on the days you don't ride, but do it with water. Most people's diets contain enough electrolytes, that you don't need a bump, unless you're doing something to lose them.
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As part of my prep for an event, I drink a bottle or two of sports drink the day before the event. I've used HEED and Cytomax. I don't think the electrolytes are important, it's the carb calories and fluid. However, if one is going to up fluid intake, it makes sense to up electrolytes, too. I want to be sure my muscle glycogen is topped up and I'm well hydrated. Replaces my afternoon snack. I finish before dinner. Works for me.

I don't do it any other time. Creeps me out a little to see how many people carry around a bottle all the time.
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Maybe. If you live in Death Valley, have no air conditioning, and it's 100 degrees before 9AM, definitely yes.
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