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Motocross Tip: Stay Competitive, Stay Hydrated!
"There is no question that one of the true challenges of motocross racing is man vs machine vs THE ELEMENTS. One element that is going to bite you hard if you are not prepared is dehydration. For heat, we tend to wear vented gear and a cooling vest. But for dehydration, it can be easy to forget to stay as hydrated as possible. Not only has the sport of MX seen recent fatalities from this ‘sleeper’, but many local racers across the country are riding below their full potential from fatigue, because of improper hydration."
"As the mercury rises, proper hydration both on race day and during training sessions becomes increasingly important for peak athletic performance. Most riders understand the need to drink lots of water but less understand the importance and role electrolytes play in hydration."
"As a racer, not only do you need to understand the importance of hydration and its role in your performance on race day: heat regulation, muscle contractions, delivery of nutrients, joint function, etc.; you also need to understand how to calculate & maintain proper hydration levels to support high intensity riding and racing."
"Many racers think they can pound soda or energy drinks to keep themselves hydrated. When you see your favorite AMA pros sipping from energy drink cans on the podium after winning a race, those cans are almost always filled with good old water. The caffeine in soda and energy drinks acts as a diuretic, which means it pulls water out of your body and makes you urinate more often. One key to staying fresh and competitive even when the mercury is rising is to stay hydrated and replace electrolytes."