Kidney stones could be the wake up call.
fluffybunnyuk wrote:Wow Im impressed how little you all drink!!! I did 80 miles in 6hrs on the flat with 4 panniers and a tent on Friday, but I was drinking 1 litre/hour roughly.
2x0.750l bottles on the bike and 2 1 litre bottles in the panniers, and a refill at the shop for water at halfway.
I still ended up dehydrated :p
RickH wrote:Whilst caffeine (not just in coffee) is a mild diuretic its effects, at least on most people, do not mean you will pass more fluid than you take in. If you have a 1/2 pint (10 fl oz for any readers of an American disposition) mug of medium strength coffee or tea you probably get the hydration benefit of at least 9 fl oz of the liquid. Plus any rest, emotional & social benefits that you may also get.
The performance benefits of making sure you don't get mildly dehydrated also should not be over-exaggerated for a leisure cyclist either. The 3% dehydration giving 10% loss of power may well be true & relevant for athletes performing at or near maximum power. For the rest of us it probably mean that that steep hill that we would normally get up at 60% of capacity needs us to run at nearer 70% if we're running a bit dry. It may make us huff & puff a bit more or, on harder terrain, ride a little slower, but it isn't generally going to have a huge impact.
Ayesha wrote: .................. and drink BEFORE the ride and during the ride instead of after it.
Psamathe wrote:Or rather maybe lack of it.
I know full well of the need to keep hydrated, etc., but now the weather has warmed-up a bit, the last few days I've noticed whilst out riding that I don't seem to get thirsty. I've reduced my mileage (thanks to my knees) and am doing around 25 mile rides. I'm deliberately stopping after 10 miles or so because I know I should drink, not because I'm thirsty. And that seems to start "saliva issues" (see, we really do need a "men's section" on the forum to discuss spitting, and other similar subjects). And the surprise when I got home was I has several large glasses of squash straight after each other, yet never really felt thirsty.
So, as things warm-up, should I just stop and drink every so many miles'ish or just wait until I'm thirsty ? Do others get to feel thirsty or just get in the habit of drinking?
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