Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Drinks to Beat the Heat

The monsoon season finally came to an end, only to be replaced with brutal heat.
Daily highs of over 34 degrees have me thinking about how best to keep hydrated.
Cyclists in the Philippines seem to have their own ideas about it:

A great shot I saw posted on PinoyMTBiker Community
I really like to start my morning before a ride with a homemade chai latte.
I make 4 litres the night before and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
Sri Lanka black tea + cardamom + nutmeg + cloves + cinammon + peppercorns + bay leaves + allspice + ginger. Pow! and I'm off.

I usually carry 2 waterbottles: 1 with water and 1 with a sports drink (Fin).
I got a pair of Zefal isothermal water bottles many years ago and love them. I highly recommend them if you're planning on riding somewhere hot. You sacrifice a bit in volume (only 500ml each) but being able to sip some cool water in the hot sun is a life saver.

Chocolate milk has served me well as a recovery drink for the past 30 years. The hotter the weather gets, the more it seems to help. It's the first thing I looked for at rest stops when touring in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.