Summer in South Texas generally fluctuates between hot, hotter, and three degrees short of hell. That means that for those of us who enjoy training outdoors, hydration is not just necessary—it’s critical.
As avid cyclists and runners, we enjoy hitting the many trails that run throughout San Antonio, with two of our favorites being the Mission Trails and the Leon Creek Greenway. With a triathlon just a week away, and our next century ride in October, we can’t let the heat keep us from hitting our training goals. But we also have to make sure that we are training safely in order to avoid dehydration—or worse. Preparation is key and it’s not just about drinking water when you’re thirsty. You have to make sure you are getting plenty of water throughout the day EVERY day to keep your body performing at its best.
Both Wes and I carry around large Hydro Flask water bottles and refill them several times daily with good ‘ol H2O. And, on the days when we know we have to beat the heat, we turn to options that not only quench our thirst, but that also replace electrolytes that we lose through intense sweating. Below are a few of our favorite alternatives to basic water for staying on top of our hydration game when the temperatures soar.