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Very unlikely you were dehydrated from such a short ride. If you were dehydrated post ride, you almost certainly started out dehydrated. Humans evolved to the top of the food chain by drinking when thirsty, the advent of the '8 glasses a day, drink all the time' has been popularized in my lifetime (First references appear to be a 1945 FDA recommendation), ...


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I'm adding an answer, and note that it is still in progress. First, there is currently a global pandemic, and riders may be interested in doing long solo rides, or they may be interested in more lightly-supported rides. Gravel cycling has become much more prominent, and organized gravel rides typically have longer distances between stops than a road century. ...


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I'll focus on this part of the question: After becoming dehydrated, would it be best to rehydrate with water, or use some special kind of energy drink? Normally, I don't recommend energy drinks simply to rehydrate. Most drinks with electrolytes do contain carbs, but in theory that's a separate issue (e.g. Nuun tablets contain electrolytes but minimal carbs)...


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I often stop at gas station convenience stores when riding to just purchase a drink, finish it, and keep going on. Most places stateside those are open during corona shutdowns. In other years, the time-tested coffee shop or breweries.


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Monitor urine color. (pee in an empty clear bottle) If darker than light apple juice, drink more water. Brown apple juice is too dark. I drink 2 to 3 ounces of water per mile. Maybe 0.5 to 1 ounces of Gatorade type drink per mile - on the high end on hot days. I sweat most of that out on 100 mile bike rides. I rarely stop to pee. I have tried almost ...


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Now you're pre-warned with some of the symptoms and results, consider doing the same ride again and see how you go. Perhaps pace yourself a little better on the uphills, carry a full water bottle and sip from it periodically. Stick a banana, a sweet thing, or a gel in your pocket for just-in-case. Personally I feel ratty riding if I'm low on sleep/tired ...


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