How Much Do You Drink?
While I was out on Sunday, another rider tagged along for a while, and was a bit surprised at the volume of fluids I had with me:
Four, 750ml (30oz) bottles, filled with High5 Zero (electrolytes with a lemon flavour; no sugar & no carbohydrates)
He was so astonished at this, that he even asked me if I was diabetic!
This got me thinking though - for a long ride, how much do you take with you to drink? A couple of years ago, I measured my sweat rate in hot weather, and it came out at about 750ml per hour. Hence, for a four-hour ride, up in the hills where the opportunities for refills are few & far between, I take 3 litres of fluids. Repeat after me:
Take a gulp every ten minutes!
If I do this, I never suffer from cramps, and I can run right off the bike without suffering any of that jelly legs caper. The only down side is that I have to stop to pee every 90 minutes or so.
How does this stack up with your experience?