I don't know if I am alone in the distance rider's discipline in that the day after a long ride, I feel ICKY. The day after I'm usually mildly sunburned, have chapped lips, and feel decidely and miserably queasy, just a slight nausea and feeling like you want to curl up in a bed, sleep, and die. Almost like a mild flu. This has been a persistent cycle with me, and it spells something not right in my way of doing things for myself. I try to make it a practice to eat a good breakfast, and to put down some chow at our lunch break. I drink a bottle of fluid every five miles, and make sure I eat something salty at half-time, and post ride to replenish sodium losses...However, today I feel crummy. If you did the "pinch test" on the backs of my hands I'd fail. The skin tents up and stays for about twenty or more seconds. So I'm somewhat dehydrated, yes? On the other hand, if I drink any more fluid than I'm drinking I feel water-logged and like I want to get sick with all that copious juice bloating my abdomen. If I am to ever move to multidays I will have to find a fix for this or will likely end up face down on the trail somewhere pleading for a good Samaritan to put me out of my misery.
So pre-ride I chugged a bottle of water. I had two bottles in my packs one of half frozen water and gatorade, the other just water. Most of that I drank on the first half of the ride. I finished another bottle of water with my lunch which consisted of ham on wholewheat bread, 3 kosher dill spears, and some homemade potato salad. I was feeling fine. Second half we rode considerably slower, and I'll admit that I didn't drink quite as much. I consumed one bottle instead of two because I was much more focused on staying safe and keeping my horse slowly trotting whenever I could.
Anyone know of any especially good articles on human hydration, and electrolytes? Or anyone had this post ride flu feeling and figured out how to do it better? ~E.G.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association