Well, you might be prepared for the Dawn part but are you sure about the Dusk part? Let us foresee what is awaiting you in the afternoon, writes Guest Columnist and runner, Raghul Trekker.
If you have already gone through the event information, you are well aware that you are going to cycle in the afternoon. Though this is relatively the coldest time of the year in Chennai, it is better to take precautionary measures to combat the heat. It would be around 30° C to 25° C which is not something to be ignored.
Gear yourself up with proper hydration plan for the cycling leg. Fill two to three bottles of electrolyte mixed with energy drinks. You might need 500 – 750 ml of fluid every hour of cycling. Considering the temperature drop and the reduction in perceived exertion as the dusk falls, you might need less than the above mentioned quantity.
Research says that, the absorption rate of energy drinks is faster when the system already consists of fluid/water in it. So, before you saddle up, it is good to consume an energy drink or at least sip some water to start off with.
There are lots of hydration drinks from different brands available in the market which fall under different categories.
- Electrolyte drink with no or minimal energy supply
- Energy drink with minimal electrolyte
- Energy drink with electrolytes
Out of the above three options, the most suitable drink for this event where you are put to test under the sun, is the one which has energy mixed with electrolytes.
During endurance activities like cycling, we lose 300-400 mg of sodium, 50-75 mg of potassium, 400 mg-600 mg of chloride, 20-30 mg of magnesium. The above values are approximate and may vary from person to person depending on each person’s sweat rate.
An excess of hydration in terms of electrolytes may lead to nausea, diarrhoea or vomiting.
Dehydration without proper replenishment may lead to cramps, muscular spasms, headache, improper functioning of brain and several other problems.
Considering the above factors, it is good to have a hydration plan in place.