This year in Austin is bringing the heat, so it’s important to be prepared for it.
Staying hydrated in the heat is perhaps the most important consideration. Don’t underestimate the amount of fluid your body needs.
Be sure to bring plenty of liquids and take small, frequent sips, which helps your body more efficiently absorb water. If your bike only holds one bottle cage, consider adding another. Even if you think you have enough water, refill when the opportunity arises.
While water is always a good option to cool your body temperature down and help rehydrate you, sometimes water alone is not enough. When you sweat, you lose electrolytes through perspiration and risk feeling the symptoms of dehydration if you don’t replenish these lost nutrients. To properly hydrate, your body needs a mix of balanced electrolytes and minerals that allows your body to quickly absorb the electrolytes and water, hydrating you faster.
Keep an eye out for some of the signs of dehydration—headaches, thirst, dizziness, irritable mood, or mental fog.
There will be plenty of water and electrolyte tablets and drinks at the rest stops and in the SAG vehicles.
Some people go with the less is more approach and opt for sleeveless tops, while others might prefer to wear long sleeves made of a cooling fabric to avoid sun exposure. What you decide to wear is largely a personal preference although opt for fabrics that provide sun protection and wick moisture away from your body.
Be sure to liberally apply sunscreen and have a good pair of sunglasses. On really hot days a wearing a cap or bandana under your helmet can keep sweat out of your eyes. A bandana soaked in cool water and thrown over your face can be particularly refreshing when you stop for a break.
Allow time for a post ride cool down. In addition to stretching, continue drinking water and energy drink to replenish your body. Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, or sugary drinks that can dehydrate you further.