LEG LUBE: Ask any triathlete about the importance of hydration, and you’re sure to get an earful. Salt pills and electrolytes are almost as core to our diet as protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Maintaining the balance of fluids and electrolytes in our body during prolonged endurance exercise is key to keeping the negative effects of dehydration and hyponatremia (low sodium levels) at bay.
Coaches and athletes know that the role hydration plays on performance differs from race to race and season to season. Thus, hyperhydration’s benefits are situational. When attempting to decide whether or not hyperhydration would benefit you for your next big race, consider a few things that will tell you if it’s worth a try:
1) Do you have a high sweat rate?
2) Can your fluid consumption in competition keep up with sweat production?
3) What kind of environment are you competing in? Will it be hot and dry, or humid?
4) Do you have the potential to become dehydrated by more than five percent of your body weight?