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Whether you're superstitious or not, we all have our race day rituals. From wearing our lucky socks to rocking out to pump up jams to eating the right breakfast, these routines help us feel ready for anything as we toe the start line. But have you ever wondered how professional athletes prepare for competition? We did, so we asked a few of our elite athletes to share their rituals with us. We were happy to hear they still get nervous before a race, too!Read More
Imagine training with your favorite sport nutrition and hydration brands for months and with great success. Then imagine achieving your personal best on race day using those same sport nutrition products only to find out you unintentionally consumed a banned substance. I know you are thinking that this would never happen to me. But don’t be so sure. This past week I was surprised after reading three athletes had been given suspensions for consuming a banned substance, one of them being on the 2016 nuun elite team.
Do I believe our athlete knowingly ingested a prohibited substance? The answer is simply no, I don’t believe that based on the information I have read. But this situation highlights a big issue at hand for athletes and the industry at large. There are so many options for athletes when it comes to sport nutrition. Many of them are solid, quality products. But how can any athlete trust that their nutrition is, in fact, “clean?”
2017 is going to be the year we break up with our snooze button! no more saying "just five more minutes," and no more rushing to fit in some miles because we slept in. it takes practice to become a habit, so as added motivation this week, we're going to move at least 17 minutes every morning. why'd we pick an odd number like 17? because it's 2017. (and we may have already eaten 17 tabs this year. leg cramps are no joke!)
and we're challenging you to do it with us!
This is not a drill! Repeat, this is not a drill! Applications for our 2017 ambassador program are officially open!Read More
If you're like us, the quickest way to make your face light up is opening new gear. whether you're shopping for cycling fanatic friends or looking to treat yourself, here's what we were loving this holiday season!Read More
we believe in pounding the pavement, in living life behind our handlebars, and in pushing our limits. we've never enjoyed standing in a queue. if it's not for a start line, what's the point?
that's why this friday, we're closing our office, skipping the lines, and headed outside.
Last week, we announced our partnership with the Clean Sport Collective. In addition to working to improve access to blood testing for more races, CSC is encouraging athletes of all skill levels to take the clean sport pledge. (If you haven't yet, we think you should!)
We can all agree that professional athletes should compete clean, and the age groupers too. But what about the rest of us? If there's no prize on the line, does it even matter?
By Sara Colangelo
Rejoice athletic moms-to-be! The American medical community is finally behind prenatal exercise for the majority of pregnancies. Exercising while pregnant is known to: improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness; lift your mood; ward off gestational diabetes and hypertension; fight fatigue; decrease body discomfort and excess weight gain as pregnancy progresses; and prepare your body for an easier labor. Yes, please!
Pregnancy is not the time to take up new activities (except maybe prenatal yoga – I’m now a convert!) but with certain adjustments, many training routines can be continued while cooking your little bun in the oven. Below are some common activities and modifications that I’ve discussed with my doctor and tried myself!
Don’t sell yourself short, compete clean!
Last month, I spent an inspiring few days up in the mountains of Whistler at a retreat led by the soulful athletes at Lululemon. The challenge at this retreat was less about the 12-mile mountain trail runs and more about self reflection and personal purpose. The challenge was clear: ‘we are going to have some big talk conversations versus the safe and boring small talk’.
Coming out of this retreat, I realized that we must start having the ‘big talk’ around competing clean in sport. We hold up a few doping (cheating) scapegoats that have been caught to demonstrate that we believe it is unacceptable. But have we really stepped back to think about why doping is bad? And why competing clean is the correct choice for our competition, for ourselves, and for the true spirit of sport? Just as important, what actions are we taking to create positive change? Clean sport an important initiative, both for me personally and for the industry at large. Here’s why.
The IRONMAN World Championship coming up this weekend is the most iconic event in triathlon. Entry to the big event in the original home of the IRONMAN distance (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run) is by qualification only, bringing some of the best professional and amateur athletes in the world to this race.
Racing on the big island is an experience unlike any other. The heat, the humidity, and the wind create a daunting course for an already challenging event, and the buzz of energy emitting from all of the other athletes is absolutely contagious. To be part of the exclusive club to cross the finish line on Ali'i drive is a lifetime achievement that many of these athletes work toward for years and will never forget.
here at hydration hq, we’re excited to cheer on five of our ambassadors in Kona.