Cool weather still requires hydration!

This summer was really hot and humid, which made it really easy to remember to bring your hydration along. I made the mistake of thinking I didn’t need water for a 6 mile training run, and halfway through I realized that was a bad decision.

Now that cooler weather is rolling in, I think I forget I need something to drink! I was on a ride last night and didn’t bring bottles… at the end of the ride I couldn’t get a drink fast enough! Bad plan, Stan. I read 75% of people are dehydrated. That is scary! I have also read that many people are so dehydrated, they don’t recognize the queue to drink anymore – and instead mistake it for hunger. I have been pretty diligent about keeping a giant water bottle at my desk so I can refill it a couple times a day. (Hey, all those potty breaks give me an excuse to get away from my desk, too! Haha)

Flint Hills long rides mean bring hydration and nutrition - there are no convenience stores!

Flint Hills long rides mean bring hydration and nutrition – there are no convenience stores!

For my bike, I have 2 water bottle cages. If I am doing a really long ride, I might also grab my hydration vest as well. (It is nice to be able to get a drink without having to reach down and fumble for bottles). I did have an aero bottle that was attached to the aero bars on my tri-bike, but I didn’t really like it.

I did learn to adjust my vest up higher on my shoulders after this picture was taken!

I did learn to adjust my vest up higher on my shoulders after this picture was taken! No more chafe issues!

For running, I have various handhelds and vests. My favorite is the Orange Mud vest with 2 water bottles. I like being able to have my bottles refilled more easily than a vest, and I like all the little compartments for my cell phone, keys, Honey Stingers.. and my highly important ziplock bag of baby wipes.

I took my handheld for Flint Hills Marathon since my Camelbak made me chafe at the marathon before.

I took my handheld for Flint Hills Marathon since my Camelbak made me chafe at the marathon before.

For hydration, I know a lot of people like drinks like Gatorade, but even watered down, it tastes too sweet to me. I always pick water at aid stations. (For short races, like 5 or 10K, I don’t bring a handheld and just rely on the aid stations.) For half marathons, I like to bring a small handheld. For marathon and longer, I use my vest.

Free State Mud.. .errr. Trail Marathon.

Free State Mud.. .errr. Trail Marathon.

Since I have two cages on my bike, and 2 bottles in my vest, that lets me bring a couple options. I like to do one bottle of water and one of Nuun. I started drinking Nuun for training and racing a few years ago. (I have gotten many a friend hooked on Nuun by bringing tubes to relay races). My very favorite flavor is watermelon (which recently became available year-round), but I also love strawberry lemonade.

I like that it isn’t sugary like sports drinks, and the tabs are really convenient. I can throw a few in my vest and I am good to go.   Since there are so few calories in Nuun, I don’t feel all bloaty or full from drinking it. (And I can get my calories from real food!)

That said… If you have not already tried Nuun, now is your chance! And if you already love Nuun, you can add to your stockpile. Nuun will be giving one lucky reader a Nuun water bottle and a tube of both Lemon Line and Tri Betty, as pictured below.

Sweet Nuun Prize Pack!

Sweet Nuun Prize Pack!

Simply enter via Rafflecopter:

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This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States.  I will announce the random winner on 11/13/15. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. Product provided by Nuun Hydration. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

12 thoughts on “Cool weather still requires hydration!

  1. Jenn says:

    I decided to try Nuun as an alternative to Powerade…and the Grape saved me during this past weekend’s “Whine & Wait” Wine & Dine (half) Half Marathon! If I could create my own flavor, it would probably be Black Cherry.

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