Well thats a revelation! Drink content – of all types
Remarkably, there was no performance difference between those that were fully rehydrated and those that got nothing.
Yep, figured that out for myself. I never drank anything when bike racing (up to 2hrs) and my power / HR was consistent lap after lap, no matter how hot it was.Posted 4 years agoSTATOMember
I never drank anything when bike racing (up to 2hrs) and my power / HR was consistent lap after lap, no matter how hot it was
Not sure it makes a difference to my ‘power’ but being dog thirsty takes away my focus. The other reason i drink a lot is recovery, yes you can try and down a pint of water after but it never seems to work as well as drinking regularly…. at least for me.Posted 4 years agogonefishinMember
I thought it was fairly well known that this was at best a vast oversimplification. As I recall the actual research said something along the lines of needing an amount of water equivelent to around 8 cups of water but that that was mostly supplied by food and other drinks. I’m surprised that alcohol doesn’t have a dehydrating effect though.Posted 4 years agosomewhatslightlydazedMember
I’m surprised that alcohol doesn’t have a dehydrating effect though.
Well we all used to drink “small beer” as it was safer than the water, but thats alcohol in low concentration. It would be interesting to repeat the beer drinking experiement he mentions with, say, half a bottle of Scotch.Posted 4 years ago40mpgSubscriber
I’d always thought that was the case, and had been slightly worried that I never managed to achieve it (without needing a pee every half hour anyway).
But it seems the advice may have been, if not flawed, then ‘coerced’ by marketing.
The great news is that ‘Yes, beer and coffee do not dehydrate you to any noticeable extent ‘ and ‘But the great thing is that just like a top-level athlete you don’t need to worry about exactly what that total daily requirement is because your body will sort it all out for you.’
So knocking back 3 or 4 beers after a Thursday night ride probably does me no harm (other than being a bit wobbly on the ride home).
Phew!Posted 4 years agobigjimSubscriber
yeah whisky has amazing powers of making you pee loads!
I find it strange people thought you had to drink x amount y often. I’d still prefer to drink little and often when biking just because necking 500ml in one go is probably going to make me feel a bit sick when exerting myself.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
I’m a “sips frequently” type, prefering clear water to that guff I sometimes use thats “flavoured” and “gives no significant effect on hydration nor taste” 😉Posted 4 years ago
I tried drinking more on rides, found vomiting quite useful for jettisoning excess fluids, though this method often results in the Bunch making sure you ride at the back of the pack or they try breaking you, which has a knock on effect of me pushing harder/drinking more/vomiting more/being pushed out back etc. etc. 😆
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