- Apr 26, 2005
alienator said:Who said you have to know exactly how much you've consumed? You don't. You can keep easy tabs on your rate though: have a watch; when 10-15 minutes go by, drink. Simple.
Believing that somehow bottles allow you to stay hydrated better than something else is, well, stupid. That's just a justification for what ever trips your fancy.
So you miss one or two of those intervals, how much have you consumed again? You've got no idea. No one has said that bottles keep you better hydrated, simply you have a more direct guide to exactly what you have or haven't consumed. Both the people who have pointed out this limitation have also noted they use hydration packs and bottles. It's simply not a matter of 'man hydration packs suck I'm not using one of them'.
I've been at plenty of enduro mtb events to see people who *thought* they were keeping plenty hydrated (almost always with packs) curl over and crawl at about the 12 hour mark.