Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tips for Training and Racing in the Heat - #5 Strategies for Post-Race!

You've successfully crossed the finish line!  Congratulations!  Now what?  Be sure to rehydrate and refuel as soon as possible.  Here's how:

Tip#1 - Grab a big bottle of water to drink at the finish.

If there isn't any water available, have a big bottle chilling in  your cooler, which you can quickly access by stashing in your car, strategically placing behind a tree or held by your significant other.

Tip #2 - Don't rely on post-race food.

I've been offered everything from nothing at the Six Gap/Three Gap Ride in Dahlonega, GA to BBQ Pork Sandwiches at the Kansas 70.3 in Lawrence, KS to gourmet salads at the Tri The Mountains Sprint in Blue Ridge, GA.  Since we are not able to place an order for a nutritious post-race meal, my suggestion is to pack one for yourself!  It can be as simple as a chocolate milk and peanut butter and jelly sandwich, packed in a cooler.

Tip #3 - Continue to rehydrate and nourish yourself throughout the day.

Keeping yourself hydrated and nourished right after your big race will make a big difference in how quickly you are able to recover.  

You are now armed with everything you need to know about training and racing in the heat!  There is no time like the present to get out there and embrace it!

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Happy Training and the Heat!

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