For the long ride, I took 2 bottles, one with plain water and one with coconut water. A couple of years ago I discovered coconut water when I was looking for an alternative to the common sports drink. Coconut water is full of natural electrolytes and potassium that’s needed for proper fluid balance and muscle function. It’s also a natural cooling agent because the liquid form of potassium is quickly absorbed into your system and keeps all the great water in your cells to cool you down. That’s why people living in warm climates, like Thailand and Brazil, drink it. I also drink coconut water before going to bed when I’ve had a little too much red wine while out with friends – gets rid of that dry cotton mouth in the morning.