I got up early this morning at about 5 am and flipped on the local news. Sitting right there in front of me was the seven day forecast. My only thought was “Well, its about time.” It went something like this.
When I moved to Austin from New Jersey almost 10 years ago, I made a promise to my self that I would never complain about the heat. As long as I didn’t have to shovel snow I would be fine. So far, I have kept that promise. But the question remains – How do you stay hydrated in this heat? It’s tough. Proper hydration for today starts with proper hydration yesterday. Once you get behind its almost impossible to catch up, especially in the Texas heat.
The first thing to do is to try try to reduce or even eliminate beverages such as soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea or anything else with high levels of sugar, sweetener or caffeine. Second, try to keep a water bottle on your desk, in your car, your workshop or wherever you are. Do your best to sip on it all day long. As for your workout, you will need to supplement with additional electrolytes. There are lots of great choices on the market from Power Bar, Clif, Gu, and Hammer Nutrition, but my favorites are Eload and Skratch. Most good shops such as ours (shameless plug) will stock single serve packs so that you can try different options and find out what works best for you.
As for after the ride my, mantra is drink, eat, drink and eat some more. The body needs to refuel and now is the time to do it. After a long hot ride I’ll try to use a recovery drink such as Emend or Ultragen as soon as I can. I’ll usually try follow this with a healthy meal or, if I’m working at the store, a series of smaller snacks over the immediate few hours.
The key is to get some nutrition as soon as practicable after the ride. Experiment with different foods and products and decide what works best for you.
Thanks for reading.