? Using electrolytes on the trail for you the rider?

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        06-18-2013, 08:48 AM
    ? Using electrolytes on the trail for you the rider?

    I sweat very well when i'm outside and its hot....been thinking about starting some electrolytes for myself on days like that. I saw carb type things that people add to their waters to help with energy and also electrolyte powders to help with fluid/mineral loss...

    Anyone have comments or thoughts on this?
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        06-18-2013, 10:09 AM
    Yes, you need something. I used the Emergen-C packets, mixed weakly, because the I cannot stand the sugary stuff until I am finished at a ride, then I crave Dr. Pepper.

    Do not try to do the Adkins diet and a ride at the same time. Carbs are important to your riding, lol!!

        06-18-2013, 10:12 AM
    It's a fine idea. You could also just put Gatorade or similar in your water bottle instead of water.
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        06-18-2013, 10:40 AM
    Green Broke
    Look up NUUN. Delicious, low in calories, easy to use, you just drop a tab in your water bottle. Super refreshing. A lot of athletes use them, and I sure like them. Also look up honey stingers organic energy chews. Delicious, and a good energy boost if your getting low.
        06-18-2013, 11:20 AM
    How about eating fruit? It's a simple sugar and it feeds the cells directly without needing to be broken down. Essentially it's a carbohydrate.

    How about dateorade......mix dates in water and blend. I would add ice cubes after it's blended to keep it cool for a while as you were riding. The larger dates, "medjool", are roughly 50-60 calories each.
        06-18-2013, 04:48 PM
    Green Broke
    Drink water, find a light snack for the vet checks, most people are getting way more salt in their diet than we need. Not to mention humans are extremely efficient with sweat. Its probably the single evolutionary advantage we have. It is what gave us an edge over other predators and prey. Gatorades and all those flavor doodads are either sugar or chemical fake sugars. Neither of which are very good.
        06-18-2013, 07:49 PM
    I won't do gatorade or any of that type stuff. Nothing with high fructose or fake sugars. I'm pretty much a 'whole foods' gal, but I have a high metabolism and sweat good. I can handle long rides, but all my fellow riding buddies tease me because every time they turn around I'm eating something or drinking yet again...might want to get me a water backpack, lol. I'm afraid to ride with anything attached to me though, except a safety vest and my phone in a safe pocket :) . I've been dumped a few times and landing on something when falling totally bites. I do pack good on the trail. I hate being hungry and thirsty :)

    I can't wait until my first ride...I'm planning for a 3 part one in Texas...the Mortl Challenge. I wanted to make one in September, but it won't happen. Scheduling conflict...
        06-18-2013, 07:54 PM
    I do Powerade or Gatorade for everything, and maybe it's just me, but I do not function well without SOMETHING with electrolytes. I get one of the twist squeeze bottles for my saddle bag, and I keep a bottle for my horse too.
        06-18-2013, 07:55 PM
    Green Broke
    I have a saddle bag that carries a 20oz or so water bottle on each side. I have never needed to carry more than that. The rides I have done usually have checkpoints on loop with some water resupply you can refill your bottles. I would think at least at vet checks you can top off as well.
        06-18-2013, 10:01 PM
    I think what I'll do is have two bottles one with a more natural based electrolyte- that I've already tested before a ride :) and one with water.

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