Due to various reasons, some of which was poor judgement, I think I got dehydrated on my long and rather hard(for me) ride Saturday. It was warm 80 degrees, humidity was around 70% and wind was 20+. I took only 2 bottles of my gatorade mixture (light salt added for more potassume) instead of 3 bottles. The last 45 minutes of the ride my performance suffered and I got leg cramps. Part of this may be a fitness issue, but I'm sure part was due to dehydration. Question: Is there additioanl tissue damage done and thus a longer recovery period when dehydration occurs at the level I discribed. This was not life threating, but the last 30 minutes was not fun-like peddling through jello! I've been drinking water or some gatorade since the ride. I slosh when I walk. So I'm well hydrated now. The legs are not happy yet.