On June 18th, we had Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness answering your questions on twitter from Bike Press Camp in Park City Utah. Matt Dixon is a highly sought after triathlete coach, resource in the fitness and endurance community and a great asset to CamelBak as one of our hydration advisors.
We wanted to highlight some of the key questions and answers.
- Question: When Mountain biking, is it best to take small frequent sips or drink several ounces when stopped?
Answer: Take small frequent sips to stay hydrated. Image hydration like an IV drip, constantly going throughout the day.
- Question: Is hydration linked to coordination?
Answer: Absolutely, athletic coordination decreases as dehydration rises.
- Question: Is there such a thing as too much water?
Answer: Yes, but concern is during exercise only. Hypernatremia is electrolytes dropping with excessive water.
- Question: What is the best way to hydrate after a hot run?
Answer: Within 30 minutes, protein shake; 30-60 minutes, a big meal, lots of water then water for the rest of the day.
- Question: Can I put alcohol in my CamelBak for parties?
Answer: Water’s best. If you do use alcohol, clean it well.
Matt Dixon also gave some of his own tips.
- Have a glass of water before your morning cup of coffee and before dinner to increase your performance
- Afternoon cravings and fatigue is often caused by dehydration
- When blood volume drops, the body prioritizes brain and organ function over muscle strength
- It is almost impossible to hydrate enough during exercise. Hydration before and after is critical
- When you get dehydrated, blood gets pulled from your muscles which causes fatigue and the feeling of bonking
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