It's Summer Time

[caption id="attachment_6181" align="alignright" width="190"]summer_electrolytes_sweat_training Source: Blog My Runs[/caption] It's summer here in the United States and in case you didn't know it just turn on your Facebook and/or Twitter feed and see all the people bitching and moaning that it is 98* and they were sweating while they were working out.  As a matter of fact take a screen shot of it because in about 5 months those same people will be bitching and moaning that it is cold out and they have to wear 4 tops and their boogers were frozen. Anyway, that is not the point of this post but thank you for letting me get that off my chest.  Today I wanted to write about the importance of electrolytes and how we need to be sure to stay hydrated all day and then especially during working out.  I was going to refer back to the post on March 22, 2011 that you can find [HERE] and  give you information about why electrolytes are important to our bodies during training, but you can just click that link. Instead I am going to discuss how today while I was climbing hills I tasted my sweat for the first time in what seems like forever.  I was cruising down a hill and a drop of sweat landed on my lip so I licked it and I tasted salt.  I thought that it was weird because ever since I wrote a post titled The Taste Of Sweat I hadn't actually been tasting my sweat.  This was an odd phenomenon for me.  I was so distracted by this that I kept licking my lip to make sure that it was actually sweat that I was tasting. I immediately thought that I was not taking in enough sodium and so I began to slug down the mixture of Herbalife24 Prolong and Prepare I had on my bike.  At first that didn't do anything but about 20 minutes later my sweat began to taste like nothing again. While I kept tasting that saltiness though I thought about that post but couldn't remember what it meant. As soon as I got home I dug around and found the post, which was from October, and here is what it showed:
    • Salty: You have been eating a great deal of carbs: breads, pasta and fried foods.
    • Sweet: Lots of sugar in the body which can come from fruits, chocolate, candy, or alcohol.
    • Sour: You’ve had a bit too much dairy and soy products: milk, cheese, or tofu.
    • Vinegar: Too much protein and animal products, which gets turned into ammonia.
    • Thick: When your sweat is thick there is a lot of gluten in the body which comes from breads and pastas.
    • Margaritas: Margaritas…enough said.
Now I have been a vegetable eating fool but have avoided breads, pasta and fried foods like the plague so this shocked me.  That was until I looked back at my calorie tracking from yesterday and noticed I had just gone over the amount of carbohydrates I was 'allowed' to have in my diet.  It is interesting how all of this stuff really does tie back to each other. So while you are out there training in the heat be sure to stay hydrated and get your electrolytes in balance.  Also, don't forget that the key to being able to workout the next day is proper recovery from that day's workout.  A 3:1 or 4:1 Carb:Protein drink within 30-45 minutes is key and be sure to follow that up with another carb based meal within 2 hours.  I have been following this formula for a year and am always able to get up the next day and push my body just a bit harder than the day before. Now back to your Facebook and Twitter rants about how hot it is.
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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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