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2013-06-20 10:58 PM


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Subject: Sprint distance hydration
Hi everyone,
I would like to know when you are doing sprint distances, how many water bottles are you are drinking? carrying? and at what points of the race ?

I did my first race last week and I had 2 bottles on my bike, really wasn't sure if that was necessary but I hate the idea of potentially cramping bc I was dehydrated? I didn't finish both bottles, but combined finished about one and a bit during the ride portion.

I feel like maybe 1 is sufficient seeing that during runs ppl usually offer and excess weight is really a no no.

Much appreciated
Thanks


2013-06-20 11:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration
one small bottle ~500 ml which I rarely finish... usually with sports drink. Maybe 1 gel at the end of the bike. A sip or 2 during the run any more and ai will feel sick.
2013-06-20 11:06 PM
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I will carry a water bottle but will only take a sip to wet my mouth. you really shouldn't need much in terms of hydration for a sprint race but again if you are out there for 1:30-1:40 than yes maybe 24oz at most. Beyond that I don't think your body will absorb it
2013-06-20 11:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration
All of my sprints have been in high heat and humidity, and I've never carried more than one 24 oz. bottle. I sip a couple of times from it, but have never finished the bottle, maybe half of it. (I usually only have it about 2/3 full in any case.) Your needs might be higher depending on body size, sweat rate and how long the race takes, though.

In my last sprint, I did 1:16 with a 33-minute bike split; there were two aid stations on the run and I took a little water at each one. I was probably a bit low on water at the end but not dangerously so. Cramping in a race that short is more likely to be due to racing too hard for one's fitness level and/or pushing the bike too hard than to dehydration. I did cramp in my last sprint, but not in the same race for the two previous years with the same amount of fluids; in my case more likely due to having done a long race the week before. Temps were in the high 80's or low 90's with high humidity. I'm guessing that unless you are pushing two hours for total time, or have real trouble drinking on the run, one bottle would be enough in any conditions.
2013-06-20 11:10 PM
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I carry one bottle, about half full.
2013-06-20 11:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration
I'll have a bottle on my bike to sip if needed, but other than that, I don't worry about it.


2013-06-21 12:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration
I carry one water bottle on a sprint and usually don't drink any until I am close to the finish of the ride to prep for the run.
2013-06-21 1:55 AM
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Originally posted by rick4657

I carry one water bottle on a sprint and usually don't drink any until I am close to the finish of the ride to prep for the run.


same here - and its usually only a small bottle
2013-06-21 5:17 AM
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Small bottle with sports drink - usually will only drink less than half. A few sips as my mouth dries out on the bike. Generally I'll take the last sip with about 5km to go on the bike and then maybe a small sip of water or sports drink at each aid station on the run.

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2013-06-21 5:35 AM
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2013-06-21 6:16 AM
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I carry 0-1 bottle, depending on length of bike course and weather. If it's a 9 mile bike, it's hardly worth the weight, because I won't take tthe time to drink anyway. If it's a 17 mile course in summer, I'll carryhydration is a bottle, half full.


2013-06-21 7:23 AM
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I only leave one water bottle holder on my bike and it's the Bontrager aero one. I take off the other(s) so that there is less weight. You don't/shouldn't need a ton of hydration for 15 miles imo even if it's hot. I fill that bottle with Perform and sip from it but as of yet I have not ever drained it. Maybe taken it halfway down but for the most part it's there for the little thirst and the extra calories to get me through the run.

Now this is all planned on the run course having at least 1 water station along the way. Everyone is different, but for me all this works. I am a FoP triathlete though.
2013-06-21 9:00 AM
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I just fill up the aerobottle about 1/2-2/3 full. That's plenty for me.

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2013-06-21 9:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration

I carry one bottle of Gatorade on the bike, and try to sip from it regularly during the ride. 

On the run I'll just drink at the water stations, depending on how I feel and how hot it is.  At my last couple of races I didn't drink at the last water stations, but just dumped it over my head to cool off.

Mark



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2013-06-21 10:08 AM
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I carry one, 20 oz bottle. I MAYBE drink half of it. Probably more like only 25% of it. And I race in Dallas, TX in the summer (90+ degree heat and very humid). I then will take one cup of water on the run.

For me, I don't dehydrate in a race that takes me 1 hour and 15 minutes or less. And the more I drink on the bike and run, the worse I feel. My tummy gets sloshy (? a word?). So I'd rather take in less liquids and feel good while I race.

The key too is to stay hydrated all the time by drinking water all day (but you don't have to drink gallons and gallons of water).

2013-06-21 11:29 AM
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I have one 20 oz aero bottle that I will take sips from. Depending on the heat of the day, I may get almost half way through. I carry one gel in my tri suit during the run and will probably grab two cups of water at the run aid station. One for my mouth and one for my head.


2013-06-21 12:17 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration
Either one small bottle, or if I've remembered my aero bottle, I'll have that filled 1/2 to 2/3rds full and usually don't finish it. 
2013-06-21 1:18 PM
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1 bottle on the bike. Don't normally finish it as that's all I'll need. I don't take anything on the run as it's hard to do and I'll be done fairly quick, before it can really do anything for me. For nutrition, maybe a gel's worth on the bike. No more. Never on the run for the same reasons as the water.

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2013-06-21 2:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration

It depends on the distance of the sprint and the temperature.

On average for a race in cold weather (less than 50 deg F), I'll only take 1/2 bike bottle of 50/50 water and sports drink, and usually end up drinking only about 1/2 of that (1/4 bottle).  During the run I won't have anything.

In hot weather (more than 80 deg F), I'll take a full bike bottle of 50/50 water and sports drink, and drink most, if not all, of it.  During the run I'll take a sip or two at an aid station.

Between those extremes it's a continuum.

2013-06-21 4:38 PM
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I am doing my first sprint in a few weeks and it will be a hot one. Gonna take 24oz of Nuun on the bike and will have a gel at the end of the bike. Not sure if I will drink all my drink. During stand alone 5ks, I never bother to drink but I may take some water from aid stations for the sprint.
2013-06-21 10:39 PM
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I have a crazy metabolism and bonk hard, so I usually do a bottle of gatoraide on the bike which I try to finish (in the 18 mile bike one I do I may add a small water bottle. I always have a small handheld bottle in the transition area for the run as an option. I usually take it and skip aid stations as I find it easier to drink from. I also get to avoid the cluster at the aid stations.


2013-06-22 9:31 AM
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I always have a full bottle of gatorade on my bike. However, I only drink 1/4 - 1/2 of it during the bike. Usually at first to help get any lake water taste out of my mouth. Then a little about halfway thru, and then a little bit more right before T2.
I usually don't drink anything on the run. If I ever take a cup of water from a volunteer, it's usually to pour over my head/face. I don't like that it'll slow me down. I'm always trying to podium, so I need all the help I can get. Gotten 3rd in my AG twice out of twelve races.
2013-06-23 7:41 AM
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One bottle about 2/3 full on the bike. I usually don't finish it but try to take a swig at T1 and T2.
2013-06-23 8:39 AM
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Bottle of HEED on the bike.
2013-06-23 2:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint distance hydration
Carry one small bottle, 1/2 full is probably best. As others have stated, most likely will only drink a little bit, maybe 1/4 of the liquid. Sometimes none. As for cramping, although there has not be a definitive answer as to why we cramp; it appears that being dehydrated is not the cause of cramps. Most recent research suggests neuromuscular fatigue.
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