The Masters Rowing International group on Facebook has a great discussion thread about how to cope with Florida heat if you are coming to Nathan Benderson Park for the FISA Masters Regatta on September 27-30 2018.
13 Recommendations for rowing (and surviving) in the heat
- Consider drinking about 20 oz water before coming to venue and then quite often during the day.
- Electrolyte drinks are a good solution too, my personal preference is Gatorade. Alternate between water and something with electrolytes.
- Secondary consideration is protection from the sun with clothing and sunscreen.
- Get lots of (wrist) sweat bands. You can get them in FL at any sporting goods stores. Double up in them and you can dry you hands and handles.
- If you really sweat then I’d use some 3m micropore tape on your fingers to improve grip.
- Bring a small towel on board for wiping the hands. Microfiber towels are best (the kind used by campers) and keep it with you in the boat, this serves a dual purpose for drying sweat and you can wet it in the water and use it to cool off while waiting in the start queue.
- Bring multiple changes of clothes , and
- If you’re not used to racing in a hat or visor, get used to it now – it will be a necessity.
- Bonus to wearing a hat over a visor – you can put some ice on your head to slowly melt. Or quickly melt as the case may be!
- Polarized sunglasses
- I always keep pretzels and salty snacks on hand to retain water.
- The heat often makes my appetite next to nothing, even if I know I should refuel. Sometimes all I can get down is some honey mixed with a little peanut butter….maybe a tablespoon full – but worked for me if times between races was limited.
- The rest tents with air conditioning will be your best friend ever.
And some things to avoid
- Drinking a lot is great, but if you just pee it all out it’s no good – especially if you have to pee at the start!
- Wash your hands thoroughly after applying sunscreen. Otherwise it can be a slippery grip.
Anything else you can think which could be helpful? Add your ideas in the comments below.