As temps start to cool and you’re about to finish out the race season with a final event or two, these are a few good reminders for race day.
1. Hydration is still a thing! While your body temp will likely be lower than in the hot summer months, you still need to hydrate! Stick to your race day game plan even if you don’t feel thirsty and the temps aren’t blazing. When you lose water and salt they need to be replaced, it’s that simple. Read up on Training Peak’s ‘4 Hydration Tips for Cold Weather Endurance Training’
2. Sun’s not out? Still use sunscreen. Again, the temps are lower, but that sun is still out even on the cloudiest overcast days. Avoid a dreaded sunburn and apply sunscreen just as you would on a summer race day. Make sure you use sunscreen that allows your skin to breathe and sweat. Sweating is essential for allowing your body to self regulate and avoid overheating.
3. Layer up! Be prepared for all kinds of fall weather with a light shell, base layer and gloves. Yeah, at times these seem like overkill, but in the most dire times they’re the difference between racing comfortably and miserably. Beat mother nature at her own game! Check out Outside’s ‘The Best Cold-Weather Running Gear of 2018’
4. Weather prep. Take the time to train in the elements you’ll likely be racing in. When you’re headed to a destination race this can be well worth the effort and cost to arrive a few days early. The fall season can bring unexpected weather and you want to make sure you’re comfortable and prepped with all the necessary gear on race day. Bring extra gear in case you decide you do need that little extra something to stay pumped for the race.
Good luck out there! And stay warm, protected and active!
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