ONE Week out from race day and what's on my mind? My hydration plan. And more specifically, SALT.
I've been struggling to stay hydrated in workouts and races over the last couple months despite drinking a TON of @skratchlabs hydration mix! I had the sneaking suspicion that even though I was taking in what would be considered "normal" salt for an endurance athlete, that it was too much. .
Thanks to @ryanignatz & @coloradomultisport for the world's easiest test (seriously, all I had to do was sit there 🙄) suspicions are confirmed. While the average athlete might lose around 1000mg of salt per liter of fluid lost through sweat... I only lose 550mg. Over the course of long training and races, I was taking hundreds and thousands of mg of salt that my body doesn't need and effectively dehydrating myself... 🤦🏼♀️
Soooo why does that matter? 🤷🏼♀️.
1. When you take in too much salt you have to drink extra water to balance out your body's electrolyte levels. It's already challenging to drink enough during hard efforts, let alone need to drink MORE to compensate for excess salt. Being a heavy sweater, this meant 3 bottles an hour for me 😜 (read: slosh slosh sloshy slosh).
2. Dehydration sucks. It makes you perform poorly, your brain turns to mush, your muscles don't work properly, and your skin goes to shit! Oh! And my asthma attacks that have reared their ugly head lately? Yeah.. dehydration exacerbates asthma.
3. Too much salt on the bike can make you poop yourself on the run... Do I need to keep going? That's probably sufficient 😉 .
Anyway... can't wait to tweak my hydration plan for #IMSantaRosa armed with this insight! Thanks #ColoradoMultisport ❤️