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Years of being told to “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate” caused first-time Ironman athlete Dan Fontaine to overlook the dangers of overhydration.
He had been training for his first Ironman for 12 months. Dan Fontaine thought he had done everything right.
“The only problem was my plan had a big flaw,” 32-year-old Fontaine said almost five years later.
It never occurred to Fontaine that drinking too much during the race would dilute his blood-sodium levels to the… Continue Reading
Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield reveals how elite triathletes figured out widely held hydration guidelines are wrong.
When Simon Whitfield competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games—the first to include the sport of triathlon—the information he had about hydration was confusing at best.
“Lots of things were haphazard. Lots of different information contradicted each other,” Whitfield said.
When Whitfield first got involved in triathlons as a teenager in the early 1990s, he said North American… Continue Reading
Top scientists bust hydration myths at the 2015 CrossFit Conference on Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia.
In 1998, Dr. Dale Benjamin Speedy stood in front of Ironman competitors in Auckland, New Zealand, and prepared to make an announcement he knew was going to be unpopular: He told the athletes he was reducing the number of hydration stations throughout the race, which was made up of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run.
“People freaked out,” said… Continue Reading
What if almost everything you know about hydration and sports is wrong?
Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, a devoted marathon runner and sports-medicine podiatrist, was working in the medical tent at the 2000 Houston Marathon in Houston, Texas.
“It was hot that day,” Hew-Butler said, “and all these runners came (into the tent) and collapsed.”
Hew-Butler and her colleagues knew exactly what to do. Assuming dehydration, the medical aides started IVs for the collapsed runners. Then something strange… Continue Reading
CrossFit questions the leadership of the fitness and exercise-science communities.
“Consume the maximal amount that can be tolerated.”
The line seems innocuous at first, just a recommendation in a 1996 position stand on hydration published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). But if you read it a few times, the words don’t sit well. Their imprecision alone seems enough to disqualify them from a publication titled Medicine & Science in Sports… Continue Reading
Jacob Marinez has wanted to be a firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona, for as long as he can remember. He worked hard in school, got a college education and started CrossFit to ensure he was physically ready for the challenges of the job.
“My goal after high school was to go to college, get my degree and get on the fire department,” says Marinez, whose father, uncle and cousin have served as firefighters in Phoenix. “It’s an extended part of my… Continue Reading
Cogen Nelson lives with post-traumatic stress disorder. The 29-year-old served in two deployments with the U.S. Marine Corps and endured experiences that have stayed with him in retirement.
“You have this feeling of guilt. You have this feeling of, ‘Can I live with some of the decisions I’ve made?’ Just that burden of the stuff you saw, the stuff you’ve been through,” Nelson explains. “You can’t sleep. You’re having horrible nightmares. You don’t do… Continue Reading
Adaptive athletes travel from all around the globe to CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Virginia, to participate in the Working Wounded Games, a competition that levels the playing field for severely wounded veterans and permanently injured civilians.
David “Chef” Wallach, founder of CrossFit Rubicon, says the event provides a competitive outlet for athletes who may otherwise not have the opportunity to compete.
“It’s the richest, most dedicated group of people… Continue Reading