The First Step to addressing a problem is to first acknowledge that you have a problem. I will admit to you all that I do not a serious non-drinking problem. I have always hydrated before,during and after a ride.If you are one of the many riders who forgets to drink enough water, here are some indicators of dehydration and a few steps you can take to break your non-drinking habit.
Recognize The Warning Signs
If you ride for long periods without the urgency to stop at a rest area to relieve yourself, you may be dehydrated, instead of water, you may have to go more frequently but are actually flushing out vital water reserves since coffee acts as a mild diuretic.
If your skin,mouth,lips and eyes are dry, you may be low on H2O. Similarly, if you find yourself becoming fatigued or achy, or are beginning to experience headaches, don’t wait; you are way overdue to re hydrate. In extreme dehydration, you may become dizzy,experience elevated heartbeat and rapid breathing, or even becoming confused and disoriented. At this point consider this an emergency; it’s time to get help as soon as possible.
Begin to drink water in the hours before you hit the road. Don’t think you can simply down a large bottle of water just before you jump on your bike. It doesn’t work that way. Drink smaller amounts more often so your body can absorb instead of pass the vital fluid.
Pack water bottles on your bike and have one in your cup holder. Make sure you refill yourself each time you stop to get gas or to just stretch your legs. I am always sipping on my water as I ride.
Keep this drinking habit going after the kickstand is down. Continue to replenish your body and prepare for the next day’s journey. By being more conscious of the issue and following these simple guidelines. You have now begun to control your non-drinking problem. You should now be able to ride for hours and still feel fresh at the end of the days ride. Hope this has helped you. Now drink up!
Keep it between the lines
National Road Captain