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08-03-2008, 09:45 PM
since i have been raw i notice that i drink A LOT more water during bike rides. two bottles in an hour is more than my 'usual,' and i'm sure i could drink more if i carried it with me. i know that drinking too much water can be dangerous if you're not replentishing electrolytes, so i have started to buy electrolyte infused water.
do any of you bottle coconut water for rides as a gatorade sustitute? i typically don't ride long enough to need snacks, but the occasional times i have i notice bananas are a good shot of sugar..::eww...just had a flashback to the goo-ross packets!::. i once made the mistake of taking dehydrated snacks which only made me more thirsty. any suggestions on fluids and snacks?
08-03-2008, 09:52 PM
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08-03-2008, 09:54 PM
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08-04-2008, 06:14 AM
do any of you bottle coconut water for rides as a gatorade sustitute?
I am not a cyclist, but I take coconut water in my Bikram yoga classes, for precisely that reason--it is full of electrolytes, and you sweat so much in those classes that water isn't enough. I would use coconut water over gatorade any day.
08-04-2008, 10:01 PM
awesome. thanks guys!! really appreciated.
08-06-2008, 10:38 PM
Yes, by all means, lose the Gatorade! I drink water on my long rides mixed with some green powder. Alissa sells a good one, for example. And you can't go wrong with bananas for snacking. I do the whole MS 150 in a hot steamy climate just eating bananas and an occasional orange all both days, and green drink in my bottles. You're definitely on the right track ---dumping those packets and all!
Oh---Dr. Douglas Graham has a wonderful little book about nutrition for endurance athletes. It's very good--one of his main points is that you can never go wrong with fresh fruit, and bananas are an endurance athlete's best friend! :)
08-07-2008, 08:52 PM
I am also an avid cyclist (recumbent). After reading Dr Batmanghelidj's books on how water affects the body, especially with the inclusion of sea salt, I started adding a pinch of sea salt and squeeze of lemon juice in my waterbottles before long rides. Actually, I almost always add a little sea salt with my water, which, other than green smoothies, is 95% of what I drink. I filter my tap water which removes most of the minerals and the sea salt helps to replenish them. For more information go to www.watercure.com. It has lots of very interesting information.
Hope this helps,
08-07-2008, 09:32 PM
i haven't had gatorade or goo packets for over a year...have simply been sucking down LOADS of water.
GREEN POWDER...and SALT!! why didn't i think of these?? you guys are seriously fantastic. off to check out the website now, andy. thanks again!
08-25-2008, 11:29 PM
I may be wrong but I think adding sea salt to water will add electrolytes, after all pure water does not conduct electricity and salted water does.
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