Rode almost 85km today and it was awesome!! The sun was out and it even warmed up a bit :)
One of my favorite parts of a great ride is the coffee afterwards. Did you know that 1-3 cups of coffee (that's regular 8 oz cups - not giant cups that are bigger than your head) can actually be good for you?
Coffee is a great source of antioxidants! But what about the caffeine? Won't it dehydrate you? Good news! When you drink coffee you do get some water from it, and the amount of caffeine in 1-3 cups of coffee is not enough to cause you to lose more water than you're able to retain. It's only when you go above 3 cups (or your cups are giant) that it becomes a problem. I would still recommend drinking a glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink, but as someone who sweats A LOT, I'm big on hydration :)
So no more feeling guilty about enjoying a quality cup of coffee! Just don't ruin it by adding a bunch of crap to it (sugar, cream, flavoured syrups, whipping cream etc) and you'll be fine. Also, since coffee crops are one of the heaviest sprayed crops, you should only consume organic coffee and the coffee should remain in bean form until you're ready to use it so it doesn't go rancid - you want to keep all the goodness intact until you're ready to consume it ;)