Actually, in my case this story begins before 40, when I was in Singapore on a dragonboat team. After every practice (and race, like in the photo below) we would haul out the ice cooler to Kallang beach and drink our sponsored beer (Moosehead, eh!).
Until that time I’d never really had many problems with hydration / rehydration, but Singapore is hot and humid all damn year and a one-hour practice could really drain the fluids from me. The short of it is that those couple of beers I had after practice often resulted in a hangover the next morning, or even a headache that night. The happy compromise that I found was to have a sports drink from the cooler before diving into the beer. It even sometimes worked.
In France I’ve been experiencing the same thing with training, but have managed it pretty well, I think. I don’t cramp on rides much, for example, but I do often get headaches and general malaise after long, hot rides, unless I’m really focussed on rehydration. I like to stay away from rehydration drinks / electrolytes, but I should probably keep more around for the big rides because they do seem to help.
Anyway, yesterday I did a 3-hour ride with a couple of friends and had a beer with lunch after the ride. I also drank a good liter of water before, during and immediately after that lunch. No good; 6 hours later I developed a headache, started sweating for no reason and had ‘the shakes’. It felt like a hangover. My breathing was ‘quick’, for lack of a better word, and my HR went up a bit. Temperature was down about 2 degrees. I ended up going to bed a 8 pm and nursing electrolytes for a couple of hours. And then I was fine.
I feel like this type of reaction is getting worse with age and from the little reading I’ve done it does seem that dehydration is a problem as you get older. My guess is that it is related to fitness, too, like many things. I never once got dehydrated like this during my 3 Haute Routes last year, for example, and I had plenty of drinks after every single stage of those.
I’m going to stock up on powders of various types to get me through the summer, but I should also probably finally smarten up and realize that ‘I’m not a teenager anymore’, like Shoko keeps reminding me. But damn, how nice is it to have a cold brewski after a ride!
Have any of The Elders amongst my readers experienced a hydration problem as time has passed? Inquiring minds want to know!