Training Tips for Hydration
As the weather warms up you need to pay more attention to hydration. Here are new ideas to consider:
Bacteria love heat and humidity, so be sure to clean your reusable bottles with hot, soapy water after
every use. (Just imagine those nasty germs lurking in the holder on the treadmill or bike). Send your bottled water and sports drink containers
to the recylcing bin. Usually the openings are too small to be able to get the insides clean enough.
Keep It Cool
It is more likely that you'll drink more of a liquid if it is at a cool temperature (rather than room temperature). Place your
bottled water or sports drink in the freezer ahead of time so it will be perfectly cool after a few miles on the road. Check out the new ice
cube trays--they make cubes that will fit into your bottle. The only disadvantage is diluting your sports drink, but that can be fixed with using
Scope Out Your Route
There may be water fountains on your route, but make sure they work (some parks turn water off in the cooler seasons) and are
clean enough for humans! I've seen plenty of dog owners letting Fluffy take a drink at the park's fountain. Hydration can be dangerous, so if you're in doubt there
will be water on the route, then you must carry fluids with you. There are different types of "fuel belts" available at sporting goods stores.
If you are training for an endurance event where you'll be drinking sports drinks at the fluid stations, find out the flavor/brand that will be
served. Typically lemon-lime is the default flavor. You want to make sure you tolerate that flavor and brand, so try it enough times during your training.
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