Arriving at the start line of your race fit and ready to cover the distance is easy for majority. But arriving hydrated and staying hydrated is where we all can sometimes fall a little short and in the end can really hurt your performance.
I’m sure you all have read the stats about how our performances suffer with the smallest amount of dehydration. When we sweat we also loose water and salt from the blood. Once this happens the blood gets more viscous, your heart has to pump faster and it leads to the whole stall, spin,crash , burn, fall to pieces. We as athletes want to avoid this scenario at all costs.
So during any race it is crucial to remain hydrated leading up to the event, during the event, and after to help promote better recovery. This will help you get back to training (post race) sooner. I like to keep my hydration levels at optimal levels using a supplement called Drip Drop. Not only does it help keep you hydrated during races, it is great for using during traveling. Living in Texas during the summer can be very testing during long training days. Drip Drop has meet and exceeded the hydration demands of long training days.
Drip drop has very low osmolarity so it is easily absorbed into your system. The latest information out there says you drink to hydrate and eat to fuel. The caloric count in drip drop is low which helps with your gastric emptying rate, so your chances of suffering from GI issues during racing are greatly reduced.
Here are so tips to go into events hydrated to perform at your best:
- Night Before: one to two packet of drip drop on 18oz of water as a little load as drip drop contains 2 times more sodium than leading sports drinks.
- Race Morning: Very cold 18oz of water with on pack drip drop. I find cold solutions keep the gut cooler before the race when your core will really start to heat up. Being cool is just as important as hydration.
- Race: I will use drip drop in one bottle during the bike. Then i will make sure to have a cooler in T2 waiting for me before the run. Again this will be chilled as well to help cool the gut with cold fluid.
- Post Race Recovery: Instead of getting a post race IV during a long car ride or flight home, another pack of drip drop will do the trick =. This will help to get the levels of hydration back to optimal levels
**I was asked to review drip drop during his racing and training, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own**
Elite triathlete and head coach at Hard Yards Training