Summer has hit early here in East Texas. Three digit temperatures have driven me to riding earlier in the day. I’ve always make sure that I have my water bottle with me when I leave and I sometimes stop at a convenience store for a refreshing drink, other than water, along the way. I’ve always felt that water, water, water was enough to keep me going.
Recent post on 2 different forums and the answers that turned up there generated enough of my interest that I though it might beneficial for me to look further into the subject. A couple of local newscast also had a segment on sports hydration, one recommending the common sports drinks that are on the market and another recommending chocolate milk. Each report backing up their news with doctor recommendations and the normal protect their ass disclaimers.
I’ve always be leery that every study done on the subject was financed by a sports drink company trying to sell their product. I have at my disposal the most accurate information available so decided to use it as my research tool. Of course you can use it also, just go to Google and type “sports hydration”. What better source than the internet.
I’ve always felt that if you read enough information on a subject and enough of these different sources say the same or similar thing, and you filter that information with common sense, you can come up with an answer with which you can live. Here is what I found that made sense to me.
Water is best for the short term. It doesn’t add more calories than you are burning. Drink water before you need it. If you wait, you may have a drop in energy that is hard to regain in the short term. So how long is the short term. 40 to 60 minutes. After that, drink one of the sports drinks. The simple sports drinks, like Gatorade, are easy to home brew.
Here is a DIY sports drink. You can Google DIY sports drink and find a large assortment of recipes available. They are easy.
Gatorade Sports Science Institute Just remember to use your common sense filter, but in all I found this to be good information.
Vanderbilt University Should be a good source. Well I guess they get some of their money from Gatorade. But a good article.
Bike Radar has several articles on the subject, here is another.
I guess for me, I’ll drink the sports drink.
I have more links to add, but right now it is time to go ride before it gets to hot.