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Live Twitter Event Recap: Hydration Advice from Matt Dixon

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. Imagine 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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