The importance of Hydration

As runners or cyclists you are always exerting energy and sweat while incorporating countless miles running or biking on the road. You have been advised on the importance of remaining hydrated; replenishing all of those fluids you lost amid training.

At the point when people take part in an exercise, they might be so focused on the task at ahead that they tend to forget about a very essential factor in ensuring the body gets all of the advantages of exercise: making sure the body is adequately hydrated. Water and sports drinks aid the body to prevent dehydration; thereby increasing comfort, safety and performance during a workout. Water is very essential for every metabolic process that takes place in your body; it helps transports vital nutrients to your cells and takes away waste products.

Lack of hydration can be a serious condition that can lead to muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness or even heat illness like stroke. Since hydration is so imperative for athletes during exercise, it is important to ensure you drink the appropriate amount for your body. This is necessary in order to prevent excessive water intake or water intoxication.

What amount of water can one take during exercise?

If you are to carry out an activity for up to 90 minutes or less you should drink water from time to time. Water in this circumstance will have the capacity to keep you hydrated and keep up the right body functions you may need for the activity. Make sure not to consume massive amounts of water before or after exercise. The purpose of doing so is that your digestive system may not function as much as it typically does during exercise and this large amount of water can make you to vomit and feel nauseated.

There are certain circumstances where water is insufficient keep you hydrated. If you are engage in compelling activities or exercises that last more than 90 minutes as an athlete, it may be important for you to drink other types of fluid to keep hydrated.  Your body has a tendency to lose water as well as electrolytes. It is recommended to take energy sports drink since these drinks help replenish both the lost fluids and electrolytes. Drinking simply water in these circumstances can do more harm than good.

Ordinarily, endurance athletes have a higher risk of experiencing hyponatremia or excess hydration. This condition results when the fluid in the body is much and the sodium levels drops to a critical level. This is the reason why it is important for people engaged in these exercise to take sports drinks with salt and sodium in order to prevent dehydration and hyponatremia. With the danger of water intoxication and the dehydration, competitors are left with the question of how much water is sufficient and what amount is in excess.

Nobody truly knows how much water to consume; a gallon, eight glasses? Generally people who don't participate in continual athletic activities can listen to their body and keep themselves hydrated; they drink, when they get thirsty. Athletes on the other hand needs much more fluid intake. Therefore runners, bikers or lifters are left with making a decision about their water intake. Before beginning your activities it is best to seek the help of a nutritionist or an expert trainer.

So remaining hydrated is really important during running or cycling activities or any long endurance activity, in order as to achieve optimal results.   


To Tri, or not to Tri, that is the question...

Last night I was out for dinner with some friends. I must have had a few beers, because I found myself agreeing to do a Sprint Triathlon next May.

I run regularly (in fact it was the frustration of trying to use my original iPhone in winter with run gloves on that in part led to the Birth of eGlove!), so a 5K really doesn't worry me. The bike ride of 24K will be a breeze - although I recently sold my road bike, so that's something I need to replace.... BUT.... The swim (only 200m) TERRIFIES ME!!

My eGlove partner Neil does Triathlon, and he speaks of being pushed under the water, a mass of bodies, finding it hard to get clear air to breathe due to all the splashing. Like I said, TERRIFYING!!!

In fact, when I have spoken to runners and bikers over the years the one thing that seems to put everyone off is the swim. I can understand why:

  • Technique - Now I don't know about you, but I struggle with front crawl - I can do it, and was a reasonable swimmer when I was at school, but that was over 30 years ago! I suspect it's because I try and swim too fast, so maybe I can conquer this, but the utter humiliation of poorly constructed breast stroke for 8 of the 9 lengths is too much!
  • Other swimmers - This is the scariest thing! Does it really resemble all in wrestling? I know enough about life to know wrestling and water are not a good mix. Brrrr... I'm shuddering at the thought!!
  • Kit - Like most men of my age (late 40's) I don't look great in budgie smugglers (by that I mean hideous), so they are OUT. I deeply suspect that as this event is in May and indoors, a tri wetsuit will look ridiculous... Can I get away with a bright pink pair of Ralph Lauren Polo swim shorts? They, like me however, are not built for speed...
  • Swim cap. Erm... Must I?

So, there you have it. All the reasons I am bricking it - but I have said yes now... Damn. 

Oh no, TRANSITION has just occurred to me... Transition... 


Luckily through contacts I have via eGlove, there are a few people I might be able to get some help from. eGlove Neil of course, plus on Twitter the amazing @Rhalou who recently went through this journey, and @Susie__Chan (the legend). I've mentioned on here before about the great support groups that can be found on social media - this is definitely one for my friends at @uksportchat vis their triathlon themed group @uktrichat.

So, people of the Southern Home Counties come May 2016 if you see a bloke in his late 40's, carrying a bit of timber, looking ridiculous 'cos he's got it all wrong, and he is currently racing a Tri course on a mountain bike wearing nothing but a pair of the aforementioned pink swim shorts, that'll be me!! 

Until next time,

eGlove James