Cycling - It's Thirsty Work!

Cycling - It's Thirsty Work!

Summer is here, and with it comes longer days, warmer temperatures, and the irresistible call of the open road.  Cyclists of all levels are dusting off their bikes and hitting the pavement, eager to soak up the sunshine and crank out some kms.  But as the mercury climbs, so does the importance of staying hydrated.

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Here at VeloFlamingo, we're passionate about empowering women cyclists with the perfect gear to reach their goals.  And that gear extends far beyond the high-performance jerseys and sleek bib shorts we offer.  Proper hydration is a critical piece of any cyclist's training routine, especially during the scorching summer months.

Why Hydration Matters

Our bodies are incredible machines, but they rely heavily on water to function optimally.  Even mild dehydration can have a significant impact on your cycling performance and overall well-being.  Here's a breakdown of why staying hydrated is crucial:

  • Regulates Body Temperature: Cycling is a physically demanding activity that generates heat.  Sweat is your body's natural cooling system, but it depletes your fluid stores.  When dehydrated, your body struggles to regulate temperature, leading to overheating, fatigue, and decreased performance.
  • Lubricates Joints and Muscles: Water acts as a lubricant for your joints and muscles, ensuring smooth, efficient movement.  Dehydration can cause stiffness, soreness, and increase your risk of injury.
  • Delivers Nutrients and Oxygen: Every cell in your body needs water to function properly.  Dehydration hinders the delivery of essential nutrients and oxygen to your muscles, hampering your ability to push hard and recover effectively.
  • Sharpens Mental Focus: Dehydration can lead to sluggish thinking, difficulty concentrating, and impaired decision-making.  This can be particularly dangerous while navigating traffic or tackling technical terrain.
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How Much Should You Drink?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.  Factors like your bodyweight, riding intensity, temperature, and humidity all play a role in your fluid needs.  However, here are some general guidelines:

  • Before Your Ride: Aim for at least a half litre of water 2-4 hours before you head out.
  • During Your Ride: The golden rule is to sip small amounts frequently, rather than chugging large volumes at once.
  • After Your Ride: Aim to replace fluids lost during your ride.

Tips for Staying Hydrated on the Road

Here are some handy tips to ensure you're staying hydrated while conquering those summer miles:

  • Invest in a good hydration pack or water bottle: Choose a comfortable and easy-to-access option that carries enough fluid for your ride duration.
  • Set hydration reminders: Use a timer or phone app to remind yourself to take regular sips, especially on longer rides or when you're feeling focused on the scenery.
  • Carry electrolyte-rich drinks: For extended rides exceeding 90 minutes, consider supplementing your water with an electrolyte-rich sports drink. Electrolytes help replenish minerals lost through sweat, preventing muscle cramps and fatigue.
  • Don't rely on thirst: Thirst is a sign of dehydration. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already depleted of fluids.  Aim to drink proactively throughout your ride.
  • Factor in sun exposure: The hotter and sunnier it is, the more fluids you'll need.
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 Hydration and Your Cycling Wardrobe

Here at VeloFlamingo, we understand that comfort plays a crucial role in maintaining performance.   When it comes to staying hydrated, the right cycling apparel can make all the difference.

  • Breathable Jerseys: Choose jerseys made from lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics like mesh or polyester blends.  These materials allow sweat to evaporate quickly, keeping you cool and comfortable.
  • Bib Shorts with Breathable Chamois: Bib shorts with a high-quality, breathable chamois pad are essential for long rides.  Look for chamois made with moisture-wicking materials to prevent chafing and discomfort.

By staying hydrated and wearing comfortable, breathable clothing, you can conquer the summer sun and enjoy every scenic km on your cycling journey.

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