When it's hot out, your body doesn't absorb nutrition and hydration the way it normally does. Here's how to avoid dehydration and the dreaded bonk when you're training and racing in extreme heat.
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The summer race season is upon us, which usually means plenty of heat and loss of fluids! Whether you are running a marathon, riding in a charity century ride, racing in a criterium, or even a triathlon, it is critical to have a solid fueling and hydration plan that will work in your race or event. Finding the right mix of fluids and fuel can be challenging for several reasons, but with a little planning and practice, you can nail that fueling strategy for your event. Here are some tips to get you there.
In 1997 we did a research project that had a somewhat unexpected outcome. The purpose of the project was to find out whether drinking a carbohydrate solution during a 40 kilometer (25 mile) time trial would enhance performance. I was convinced that we were not going to see an effect. Surely the exercise was too short to see an effect?!
By Mike Ricci, Head Coach – D3 Multisport and USAT Level III Certified Coach
Across North America, racing in July, August and early September can be challenging due to the temperature. Racing during these months usually means you are performing in hot and humid conditions. Certainly training in this type of environment is optimal for conditioning your system to the stress. However, for those of us coming from a milder climate there are a few things we can do to prepare to race our best.