Enduring The Heat With Nuun

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Moving from Chicago to Phoenix can be pretty shocking for anyone. Especially an endurance athlete arriving in the hot desert in May, just in time for the valley’s hottest months of the year.

Coming out of the Winter and Spring the 57°F felt very pleasant when leaving Chicago, three days later when arriving in Phoenix +95°F was quite a contrast. Driving across country was helpful because it gave me three days to prepare myself mentally as I watched the temperature reading on my dashboard rise slowly as I headed west.

In the Chicagoland area I was used to going for even a 10 mile run and not having to bring any water with. Phoenix gave me a reality check on my very first morning when I went for an easy 3 mile run just to check out my new neighborhood. I did bring a water bottle just in case, half way through my easy run I found myself walking and rather than just sipping I gulped the entire contents of the 16oz bottle in seconds.

After learning from my new neighbors that the Spring has been pretty mild this year in Phoenix and that soon the valley would hit over 110°F I knew I had to make some adjustments in how I approached my training for this year’s Ironman Triathlon. My nutrition was pretty dialed in over the last few years, but I had to put in more thought and effort into the hydration and electrolyte department.

I was familiar with the NUUN™ electrolyte enhanced drink tabs, but I never really had the need to use them. Well, after several weeks of very low quality training due to cramping and never being able to quench my thirst I finally gave it a try. Fixing my problem was so simple and effective pretty much instantly. Whether it was an hour run or a three hour bike ride I never felt depleted.

I’m not trying to share too much personal information, but other than feeling good during and after my training sessions the best way to tell I wasn’t getting dehydrated anymore was to see that my urine was clear again after the long runs.

While swimming in an outdoor pool it wasn’t uncommon to get a calf cramp in the middle of my set, pretty much throwing me off the goal for that session. Once the calf would lock up the session would pretty much be over. Now, I drop a delicious lemon+lime Nuun tablet into my 24oz bottle and no more issues with cramping. 60 to 80 minute mid-day swim workouts in the peak of the heat are not a problem.

Nuun has also been an effective contributor to me dropping some excess body fat. I have been designating at least one longer session per week to do a fasted workout. For example I might do a Saturday morning four hour bike ride on an empty stomach. The idea is to tap into your body’s stored fat for fuel rather than getting the energy from sugary and calorie heavy sports drinks. On the flip side, if I did that session purely on water then I could potentially run into the risk of dehydration and other electrolyte depletion issues I dealt with earlier in the Summer.

I may simply ride the first hour and a half to two hours only on water and the remaining two hours of the ride I will use Nuun to make sure I'm replenishing the electrolytes needed for proper body function without the extra calories. So far I’m down about 10lb in five weeks, from 230Ib down to 220lb and I should be at my goal race weight of 210lb (at 6’6” tall) before my first event in just over five weeks from now.

As an industry leader Nuun revolutionized the sports drink forever and is constantly evolving to help the athletes improve and have a better experience in training as well as competition. Earlier this year at the 2015 Boston Marathon they launched their newest product PLUS for Nuun. I’m looking forward to racing this fall with this unique blend of performance carbohydrates and electrolytes that I can drop in the bottle with the Nuun active tabs and be in control of how much carbs I am adding to my blend.

 

 

 

Peter Kadzielawski

Peter Kadzielawski

Triathlon Coach at TheTriHub™
Peter Kadzielawski is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. He also holds certifications in Sports Nutrition as well as Personal Training. As a 9x Ironman finisher himself who still remembers struggling through his first 5k run, Peter strives to inspire his clients and athletes to unleash their potential and rediscover new possibilities.

Since 2001 Peter has worked with individuals from many backgrounds, some taking up exercise for the first time looking for weight loss and toning, and others seeking guidance with a more extreme goal of training for an Ironman triathlon. Peter has published articles in the Competitor Magazine, some of his work was also featured by USA Triathlon, Golf Fitness Magazine and Colorado Runner website.
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Peter Kadzielawski

Peter Kadzielawski is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. He also holds certifications in Sports Nutrition as well as Personal Training. As a 9x Ironman finisher himself who still remembers struggling through his first 5k run, Peter strives to inspire his clients and athletes to unleash their potential and rediscover new possibilities. Since 2001 Peter has worked with individuals from many backgrounds, some taking up exercise for the first time looking for weight loss and toning, and others seeking guidance with a more extreme goal of training for an Ironman triathlon. Peter has published articles in the Competitor Magazine, some of his work was also featured by USA Triathlon, Golf Fitness Magazine and Colorado Runner website.

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