Hydration is one of the big threats when it comes to killing your ride vibes, and you may not even know it. Taking a sip when you are thirsty or notice the sweat means you’re already behind on keeping your body replenished. So here are top tips for staying on top of your drink.
Work out how much you should be drinking
First stop is to check out CamelBak’s Hydration Calculator to estimate how much you should be drinking. Try using it to see how much you should have drunk on your last ride, and use it to plan for your next ride.
Work out how to carry it
Knowing you need two bottles for the whole event, or to get you to the next water station doesn’t need to be a worry. Many bikes only have one bottle cage, so the next best location is a rucksack or hip pack. CamelBak have some recommendations depending on your riding style, distance and what else you want to carry. The most popular for our longer distances is definitely the CamelBak Chase Vest, it’s the combination of the secure fit, easy access pockets and decent hydration volume.
Work out what to put in it.
When working hard-out, your body is losing salts and other essentials which water alone can’t replace fast enough. That is why we recommend electrolyte additives - tablets or powder which can quickly replace these nutrients to help you go further, for longer, with less pain. Try a few brands and flavours and find one that you can drink for hours without a problem.
Check where you can top up
Those riding 50km or further have water stations along the course. Check your event to see an estimate on how far you’ll need to get on what you can carry, before the chance to top up for New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty 50km, PermaPine 100km and DCA Whaka Miler.
For more hydration tips, check out CamelBak's blog and grab yourself your race essential packs on the Whaka100 merch store.