Leading up to race day, nutrients stored in the body will be utilized by the body to help convert food into energy. A lack of nutrients may negatively impact this and other critical processes in the body.
When the body processes are pushed into overdrive over the long day's run, athletes have normal stores of essential nutrients will likely see benefits to recovery. HRV results have shown athletes who follow a regiment of proper daily nutrients can recovery faster than periods without it.
Chris Hague, Elite Triathlete, used blood testing and HRV testing to confirm his thoughts while using daily supplements: "Towards the end of the first week I noticed an increase in my endurance and I fatigued less on my longer rides and runs. My energy throughout the day also seemed to normalize. I found that my recovery time was cut in half when on [EnduroPacks]. I was able to recover from my morning session and be relatively fresh for my afternoon workout. Then, in the morning, I would wake up without sore muscles."
Tina Muir, Elite Runner with Saucony Hurricanes, added daily micronutrients had this to say: "My recovery runs are faster, without putting in any more effort, my workouts have been improving consistently, and I am feeling strong almost every day. I think the Enduropacks [system] has played a part in my body being able to handle all this."
Nick Logan, Ultra Triathlete and World Ultra Championship competitor, said, "I came away from this trial thoroughly impressed with my findings. After the first few days I could start to feel a significantly reduced soreness and by the 7th day on the pack I had virtually no soreness whatsoever while increasing the intensity of my workouts. I raced 3 times over the course of October and I ended up on the overall podium 3 times."
Ashley Crossman, Distance Runner, Coach, and Health & Fitness Contributor, said "I’ll tell you what…I feel amazing. I feel like I am recovering a lot faster than I ever have; I’m not typically sore, but if I am, it goes away a lot faster than it ever has; and I feel like my endurance has increased at a faster rate than ever before. My heart rate training is proof – I’m running and cycling faster at a lower heart rate than I was at the beginning."
Dehydration Results In Lower Blood Pressure And Slows Bodily Processes. Active individuals should be aware of the acute effects of dehydration on performance. With just a 2% loss of water in the body, heat regulation becomes impacted. With a 3% drop in body weight from water loss, muscle cell contraction is impacted. And at 4% loss, there is 5-10% reduction in overall performance that can last up to 4 hours.
We need to hydrate. But how can you hydrate and replace electrolytes without the harmful additives like sweeteners and artificial flavoring common in sports drinks that are harsh on your stomach?