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Old 07-01-19, 08:56 PM
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Salty chips saves the day

It wasn’t that hot for here maybe 90 but after a 5 hour hike with many steep inclines I must have been spent. On the way home I was all dizzy and feeling weak so the first store I bought a bag of nasty salty bar b q chips. Dang I perked back up made it to the Hondo Whataburger and got me a patty malt. Now I feel all good ready to ride the bike now Sometimes the high sodium junk food is a savior.
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Old 07-01-19, 09:14 PM
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Sometimes you need what you need.

Last night I was looking at the rinsed out powerade bottle acquired a week earlier as part of a 2-for-1 deal at a 7-11 at about the 75 mile mark in a century. Those really kept me going and fueled at a point where I was losing it in the afternoon sun.

Only a week later, what did I finally notice it said on the label?

"Zero Sugar"

Granted, it was still water with some salt, and a tiny bit of potassium. But it seemed such a pick-me-up.

The sad thing is I'd shoved aside a few more obviously no-cal flavors to pick the ones I did.
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Old 07-02-19, 03:00 AM
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I eat very little salt, never cared for too much in food. So I need to add electrolytes to my water bottles for bike rides. Otherwise I'll get painful muscle spasms, especially in my legs and feet, but occasionally abdominal muscle spasms.

Sunday night I was finishing up a 75+ mile ride, mostly midday, and had another 12 miles to get home. I stopped by a friend's brew pub, had a couple of low alcohol beers and a couple of bags of chips and felt refreshed enough to enjoy the ride home. Surprised me but that little bit of salt seemed to do the trick.
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Old 07-02-19, 07:24 AM
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When I rode across the country 20 years ago one of our favorite post-ride/pre-dinner snacks was chips and salsa. We'd get a couple of bags for camp and usually a jar of red salsa and a jar of that hideous looking orange "cheese" dip. One tour participant had her favorite, which was to place a bar of cream cheese in the center of one of the pot lids that doubled as a frying pan and surround it with red salsa. For that, we would use Triscuits. Yummy stuff. You had to get in early because it didn't last long.
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Old 07-05-19, 07:52 AM
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When I worked on the paving crews I made it a point to ask anybody who sat or fell out from heat exhaustion if they'd eaten a decent breakfast that morning. To a man they all said "no". To my recollection they also weren't wearing hats which makes a difference when you aren't usually moving fast enough for the wind to cool your head some. They tended to be blonde but not always.

I also made it a point to try and eat a breakfast with lots of salt. In Phoenix we ate salt pills during the working day.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Every cell in our body need salt to function. Salt gets flushed in piss, sweat, poop. Replendish the salt by eating more salty food.
Yes, but not just sodium (table) salt, you need potassium, typically as one of its salts, too.
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Old 07-08-19, 04:02 PM
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On the 4th I hosted a trail ride, followed by a road ride. Mostly different groups of friends. I did both on my CrossCheck. After the trail ride (about 20mi) I still felt great, but when I hit the first hill of the road ride, I realized I was dead. The road ride was supposed to be 30mi, I cut across early and probably lopped it to just 20.

I was so destroyed when I got home, I couldn't even sit and watch stranger things without being in a state of permanent headrush. After eating and drinking and napping, and then going over to a friend's house for a barbecue (where he gave me two sodium/potassium/etc capsules that he swears by) I perked up. No telling which remedy was most effective.
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Old 07-08-19, 04:23 PM
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In my racing days I did my best to keep my daily intake of salt under 1000 mg/day. My sweat wasn't salty. I did use ERG (now called Vitalyte but it is the exact same stuff) in my water bottles, mostly for the potassium. I thrived in hot weather. Yes, I felt it, but everybody else slowed down and I would place a lot higher.

It was obvious that I didn't put much salt in to my sweat. My sweat didn't sting my eyes. It didn't taste salty. My dirty cycling clothes weren't salty. Now I eat far more salt. Sweat far more salt and have to watch for enough salt when it gets hot just like everybody else. If I went back to racing seriously, I'd consider the low-salt again. It is a commitment. I ate no processed food. You cannot and stay under 1000 mg.

If you think we "need" a lot of salt, consider the very hot countries where salt is an expensive commodity. Those people do just fine, It is us outsiders that keel over when we go there. (Note: it takes months to retrain your body to adjust to low salt, It is not a quick fix. Maybe longer as we get older; I do not know. I was 23 when I went low salt.)

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It was obvious that I didn't put much salt in to my sweat. My sweat didn't sting my eyes. It didn't taste salty. My dirty cycling clothes weren't salty.


The last few years, I have noticed when I ride really hard my sweat smells like ammonia. I don't know what's up with that (but I didn't smell any ammonia last week)
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