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The Effects of Alcohol on Long Distance Cycling

As an old guy cyclist, I've learned a thing or two about the effects of alcohol on my performance. I've also seen firsthand how alcohol can impact the performance of other cyclists, both in training and racing. What Alcohol Does to Your Body When you drink alcohol, your body prioritizes processing the alcohol over other functions, such as repairing muscle tissue and hydrating. This means that alcohol can have a number of negative effects on your long distance cycling performance, including: Dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more. This can lead to dehydration, which can impair your performance and increase your risk of heat stroke. Impaired coordination. Alcohol can impair your coordination and balance, which can make it difficult to ride safely. Reduced reaction time. Alcohol can slow down your reaction time, which can make it difficult to react to hazards on the road. Increased fatigue. Alcohol can make you feel tired and sluggish, which can make

Why Long Distance Cyclists Should Consider Magnesium Supplements

Fueling Your Ride from the Inside Out For long-distance cyclists, pushing boundaries becomes a mantra. You train relentlessly, meticulously plan routes, and obsess over gear efficiency. But what about the fuel that powers your body, the unseen engine driving every pedal stroke? One often-overlooked nutrient, magnesium , deserves a place in your pre-ride ritual. Here's why: Muscle Magnesium Mayhem: Cycling depletes magnesium stores through sweat. This mineral plays a crucial role in muscle function, contraction, and relaxation. Low levels can lead to cramping, fatigue, and decreased power output – not ideal when miles stretch before you. Studies have shown magnesium supplementation can reduce muscle cramps and improve exercise performance in endurance athletes. Beyond Muscle Power: Magnesium's magic extends far beyond muscle twitches. It's involved in over 300 bodily processes, including energy production, bone health, nervous system function, and