Hydration is key to your race day success
Author: Shelly-Ann Sinclair
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Whether you are training for your first race or your twenty-first race, hydration is the key to your success. But all too often, you will find that it is easy to forget to hydrate when you are caught up in the moment or “in your zone”. Adrenaline is pumping. You are out of the water running to transition. You hop on your bike. Heart is racing. You are cranking out those miles. You take a few sips from your bottle and that’s it. You are now on your run. And before you know it, you start to feel a cramp here, there and everywhere, which is often an indicator that your body’s water and energy stores are low.
The lack of proper hydration and nutrition during your race can lead to decreased performance, muscle fatigue, muscle cramping, and nausea. It can also lead to other serious complications, which underscores the importance of proper hydration and nutrition.
As you prepare for your race, make sure that you hydrate every day, but especially prior to and during your race. And remember depending on the level of your activity, plain water may not always be sufficient to replenish your energy stores. Electrolytes are your friend so be sure to incorporate them with your hydration by way of sports drinks and even energy gels or chews.
We wish you much success on race day! Train hard. Hydrate. Have fun.
Live from New Jersey, Shelly moved to the DC area for school 17 years ago. She considers herself a nerd and triathlete with plans to complete her first Ironman in August of 2013. She enjoys quality “me time” on the bike. During the day, she moonlights as a Fed implementing aspects of the Affordable Care Act.