13 Tips for Racing at FISA Masters in the heat

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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

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  1. Consider drinking about 20 oz water before coming to venue and then quite often during the day.
  2. Electrolyte drinks are a good solution too, my personal preference is Gatorade. Alternate between water and something with electrolytes.
  3. Secondary consideration is protection from the sun with clothing and sunscreen.
  4. 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.
  5. If you really sweat then I’d use some 3m micropore tape on your fingers to improve grip.
  6. 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.
  7. Bring multiple changes of clothes , and
  8. If you’re not used to racing in a hat or visor, get used to it now – it will be a necessity.
  9. 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!
  10. Polarized sunglasses
  11. I always keep pretzels and salty snacks on hand to retain water.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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One thought on “13 Tips for Racing at FISA Masters in the heat

  1. graham cawood says:

    Blade handle gloves.
    Using old towelling, make loose fitting tubes, closed at one end, to fit over each handle. About 150 mm long. Dampen them with fresh water before setting out. It is not necessary to tie them on.
    These not only help with sweaty hands, but give you a good feel of the blade, and reduce the grip.
    I suggest rinsing the sweat out after the daily work.
    Dunno if similar things would work for sweep blades.
    Have fun.

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