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Old 02-23-07, 01:56 PM   #1
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Five Pounds of Sweat

Get this. It's about five below zero this morning and clear, with a light breeze. I decided to put on my union suit long johns to make sure the cold couldn't get to me. On top of that I have regular wicking polartech and a jacket, plus gloves and bala. As it's the end of the week my energy is flagging and I had a devil of a time on the hills. I got into work and was surprised to find my bala heavier by a pound and my longjohns drenched in sweat. Now keep in mind I wasn't overheated and noticed no external sweating. It's just that the longjohns aren't wicking. They hold the moisture. It was a telling experiment. I suspect I sweat at least this much during other commutes, but never notice because it's wicked away and evaporates. That much water loss requires as much hydration as a summer ride, but I haven't been doing nearly that much. I'm going to redouble my hydration efforts and will hopefully see some increase in energy.
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don't forget about the salts! you lose lots of energizing salts with heavy sweating. have a sports drink occasionally.
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i rode in 10 - 20F weather and was afraid of getting to work all sweaty so i wore a windproof jacket, wicking tshirt, balaclava, wicking thermal tights, jeans over the tights, and waterproof shell over the jeans, wool socks and hiking boots. I was pretty cold when i started but about 1/4 mile sprint into it i was fine.
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