How Much Water Should I Drink After Cycling?

A man and a woman cyclist holding up their water bottles

How much water should I drink after cycling?

I used to be really bad at drinking enough water during my training rides, but I've learned to make sure I drink plenty afterwards. It's important to stay hydrated to perform your best, and I'm better about drinking water during rides now, but it's still important to drink afterwards as well.

After a long or strenuous bike ride, you'll need to drink more water to replenish the fluids and electrolytes you lost through sweat. A good rule of thumb is to drink 16-24 ounces of water for every pound of body weight you lose during your ride.

If you don't have time to weigh yourself, you can also drink based on your thirst. Aim to drink until your thirst is quenched and your urine is light yellow or clear.

If you forget to drink enough water during your ride, don't worry. Just make sure to drink plenty of water after your ride to rehydrate. You may also want to consider drinking an electrolyte-rich drink, such as a sports drink or coconut water.

Here are some additional tips for staying hydrated:

  • Drink water throughout the day, not just after your ride.
  • Avoid sugary drinks, such as soda and juice, as they can dehydrate you.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables, which are high in water content.
  • If you're going on a long or strenuous ride, bring a water bottle or hydration pack with you.

By following these tips, you can stay hydrated and recover properly after your next bike ride.

Here is my next blog post: Acclimatizne Your Body to Cold Weather Riding


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