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Rob Burgoon Verified Driver
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Hey guys,

I am going to attempt a 3 hour enduro solo. Weather is looking nice and cool with a high of 73.

Does anyone have any tips on a hydration strategy? I'd like to try to get through this without getting dehydrated or peeing in the fire suit. [Big Grin]

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Depends on what your goals are. The beer drinking stadium crowd has the same issue. I've seen a Camel Back straped near the seat with EZ access to the drink tube work well. Take a sip during FCYs or a long straight. Good luck and stay dry.

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First thing I thought of with the stadium pal was a side impact into the cage.

My car is smashed AND my suit leg is wet. DAMN IT! [Smile] I wonder if the sloshing would throw off my footwork....

Kidding aside, sounds like the depends are an idiot proof solution. I'll probably hydrate in the morning, taper it off some in the after noon, and just keep sipping whenever I can. If I have to go, I'll go.

Thanks cam!

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I just did a three hour enduro stint yesterday. I drank like crazy to hydrate until a bit over an hour before I got in the car, but didn't drink at all in the hour before my stint. I went to the restroom shortly before getting into the car. I think I struck a good balance -- when I got out of the car three hours later, I felt neither parched (because I was well hydrated when I got in) nor in desperate need of another restroom visit (because I hadn't drank within an hour of driving). [Smile]

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That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Stephen!

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On a more serious note, I have a background in long distance sporting events like ultra marathons and long distance triathlons. Pedal Faster has the right idea, hydrate well the day before. Avoid dehydrates several hours before then event (IE coffee, soft drinks with caffeine), but drink regular water (about one liter) 2 hours before the event starts. Visit the restroom just before you get in the car and you should be fine. In an endurance race in 2007, I was in the car for around 4.5 hours straight (lots of FCY and got great MPG), I had to go but no wet seat. Good luck.

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Rob:
You might want to visit a local running or bike shop and buy a tube of Nuun tablets. Nuun is a flavored Alka Seltzer looking tablet that you dissolve in water. It contains a mix of electrolytes. I'd swill it before the event. BTW, afterwards it's excellent to ward off the dehydration headaches that come with excessive fluid loss.
I use it on long bike rides (3-4 hours) and it works.
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I competed in a 3 hour enduro solo recently and used a 2 liter platypus hydration system. It has a fairly long drinking tube with a leak free bite-type nozzle and was easy to hang of the back of the roll cage. I was not thirsty the entire time. And the nozzle was easily acessible even under my Bell full face. Pee right before the start and you'll be fine. I didn't need to go till almost 2 hours after the event ended.

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Good tip. I have a drink holder I have been using. I just keep a sports bottle and jet it in over the full face. Only shot it up my nose once [Smile]

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niiice.

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For our Champcar and Indycar drivers we used a camelback with a drinktube and bite valve installed in the helmet.

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In the 24 Hours Of Lemons, I used a cheap-brand Camelbak with it's own ice-gel built in: soaked it in the ice chest for a few hours, loaded up with G2 & strapped it to my cage. It was brilliant to take a drink during FCYs!

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