Hot racing prep

What you drink during an extremely hot race day doesn't only help you have a good race, it can save your life. Andi Boecherer offers some suggestions for both before and during your race.

| July 20, 2018 | TRAINING

All hands pitch in to help Patrick Lange cool down at the finish line of the Ironman European Championship.

All hands pitch in to help Patrick Lange cool down at the finish line of the Ironman European Championship.

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What you drink when racing in hot conditions, as typically experienced at the Ironman World Championship in Kona and at many other races (we've experienced a lot of hot-weather races in Europe this summer), can not only ensure you have a good race, it can save your life. In extremely hot conditions, you sweat a great deal, which causes dehydration and also a lot of electrolyte loss.

That's why I make sure to eat enough salt before and during the race. This is really important - athletes have actually died after drinking too much water without any additional electrolytes while stressing their bodies.

On race day Andi Boecherer uses a carbohydrate blend from nutritionist Caroline Rauscher.

On race day Andi Boecherer uses a carbohydrate blend from nutritionist Caroline Rauscher.

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The good thing is that the body can store salt to some extent. That's why I eat salt in the days before the race (for example, snacking on salty pretzels) and I don't only drink water. During the race, I have a carbohydrate blend from nutritionist Caroline Rauscher, which also contains an adjusted amount of salts for my needs.