- Correct level of hydration before a ride? Advice
Ok, Sunday I suffered a fair bit. I drank 3lts of water during the ride (and ran out). On my drive home 45 mins later I still had clear indents/impressions from my helmet on my forehead.
Now with summer coming up as well…
I don’t want to over-hydrate but for a grown male how many litres should you drink before bed and before starting your ride? Any tips?Posted 9 years ago
Sounds like you started the ride dehydrated, you don’t say how long you were riding for but 3 litres is a shitload of water to get through, monitor the colour of your pee is usually a good sign , it should be straw coloured or clear otherwise your dehydrated.
The usual recommendation is 2-3 litres of water a dayPosted 9 years agoPhatmanMember
The usual recommendation is 2-3 litres of water a day
I’d check your facts, usual reccomendation is 1 litre per hour of strenuous excercise. Although that will depend on how hard your riding. I find it easier to get in the habit of drinking plenty during a ride and having the occasional comfort stop rather than suffering the symptoms of dehydration at the end of the day.Posted 9 years agorjjMember
Went on a course the other day and the speaker, who is an “expert” on brain function, said that the 2litres a day fact is a bit of a myth because your body needs to always be hydrated to about 2 litres – so if you eat and drink a sensible diet then you should be ok. If you overhydrate then you end up flushing your system which apparnetly is a bad thing. He may well have been talking blxs.Posted 9 years agoBoardinBobSubscriber
On a similar-ish topic, whenever I’m going for a ride, beforehand I need to pee and crap like mad.
Last Saturday morning, got up at 7:30am to get ready for Glentress. Must’ve pissed a dozen times before leaving the house and crapped twice. On the road there I had to pull into a layby as I was dying for a piss. Got to GT and had to run for the toilets for another pissing & crapping session and had to re-visit the toilets twice before I set off.
Now I’m not any more hydrated than normal as I drink my 2 litres a day every day and it only happens pre-ride so I think I can rule out diabetes!
My assumption is my body knows it’s going to be exerting itself and I’m excited so it subliminally lightens itself????Posted 9 years ago
Ok, Sunday I suffered a fair bit. I drank 3lts of water during the ride
How much carbs did you take?
It would be nice to know how much urban myth surrounds water intake.
This stuff isn’t urban myths, it’s advice from sports physiologists and coaches. Sometimes it’s a bit chinese whispers tho but there you go.Posted 9 years ago
Ok night before- drink (not lager).Posted 9 years ago
Morning. Wake up- at best 1/2pint of water but usually a cup of coffee and a small bowl of pasta or veggie sausages and two eggs. Then go through 3lts during a 2-3hour ride.
Every accident Ive ever had has happened towards the end of a ride when I’ve ran out of water and my concentration has gone. How to carb/water up properly?CoyoteSubscriber
I think part of the cause may be the sausages. Are they very salty? How strong is your coffee? Do you experience the same effect say on an evening ride or afternoon ride.
Many people can be dehydrated first thing in the morning and 1/2 pint of water and a coffee isn’t much tbh.
The helmet marks are nothing to do with dehydration.Posted 9 years ago
Do you experience the same effect say on an evening ride or afternoon ride.Posted 9 years ago
Eurika! Strong as an Ox in the afternoon/evening. The Coffee is usually very strong.
Is this linked? I normally piss like a racehorse mid ride a few times as well. No Im not diabetic (have checked) 😐pk-ripperMember
mark, give me a call later, I’ll explain it all to you in strict no nonsense stuff that I’ve genuinely tested as part of my training. It’ll make sense, even more so than some of the guff up there. (some are right, but those talking about having to drink 2-3 litres of water a day are from another planet)Posted 9 years agoMrNuttMember
I tend to drink about a pint of water with a nunn tablet in before heading out, then I’ll take about 1 to 2 litres with me, to be honest last time I just bought two bottles of blue coloured powerade and stuck that in my pack! I went through a stage of riding aound with three bloody litres on my back, maybe ok in the blazing sun but not a drizzly april afternoon in the uk!!Posted 9 years ago
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