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A few tips from triathlon professionals on how to race in the tropical heat without burning out.
Racing internationally obviously presents some challenges: you are out of your everyday environment, the cuisine is often mysterious and jet lag can reign supreme. Not only are these factors going to impact performance, but in Costa Rica athletes also deal with heat and humidity. So how do you prepare your body for racing with all these issues and not allow them to play a colossal role in your finish time?
I’ve rounded up some advice from the experts on racing in the oppressive heat of a tropical country:
Pro Triathlete Kelly Williamson: “Read nutrition labels. Look at the sodium on the label.”
Triathlon Coach Jim Vance: “Wear white and arm coolers as protection from the sun and of course, sunscreen with a high SPF.”
Pro Triathlete Cesar Valera: “It is best to dress comfortable.”
Pro Triathlete Chris McDonald: “Don’t pass an aid station.”
Pro Triathlete Brian Fleischmann: “Eat dinner 12 hours before the race.”
With over 600 athletes toeing the line at the Revolution3 Triathlon in Costa Rica, they all must consider the material they wear and bring extra salt/electrolyte tablets than normally used during the winter training months in the states. They also must bring visors or breathable hats and carry an extra water bottle on the bike.
But swimming in the refreshing bright blue water, biking crazy hills with Spanish music blasting on spectators’ radios and running through the sand in Central America make racing in Costa Rica a very special experience.