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Race Day Rituals

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!

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Winter Hydration Matters

We are now fully exposed to the winter season, and with that means changes in environmental conditions that require the body to be on top of its natural defense system. What is troubling for scientist and nutritionist alike, is that athletes convince themselves that they do not need to consume as much as fluid (during exercise) as they would when temps are a bit warmer. That couldn’t be less true. In fact, winter hydration is just as important as hydration in any other season.

Here’s why...

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ambassador applications are open!

​This is not a drill! Repeat, this is not a drill! Applications for our 2017 ambassador program are officially open!

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7 tips for winter running

winter may not officially start until december 21st, but with sub-freezing temperatures hitting across the country, it's basically already here. for some of us, that means it's time to take our training indoors. for the rest of us that prefer the cold to the treadmill, here are a few tips to help you get through winter training injury-free.

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staying hydrated during winter

winter is coming, but that doesn't mean training stops! if you're headed into off-season training,​ don't lose your hydration habits. being just 2% dehydrated can lead to a decrease in athletic performance. and yes, it may seem like you don't sweat as much in the winter, but don't let that mislead you.​

when you're cold, your body attempts to preserve heat by lowering your sweat rate. but cold temperatures also mean laying up. the additional layers raise your skin temperature and can actually lead to a higher sweat rate. to balance the cold weather and your body temperature, shed layers after your warm-up but keep your extremities (feet, ears, hands) covered and warm.

then, focus on hydration.​

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off-season with jessie diggins

Hi nuuniverse! I’m Jessie: a Nuun athlete, a clean sport advocate, and a professional cross country skier. In other words, I sweat, wear spandex and ski uphill for a living! My year looks something like this: starting May 1st, I begin training.

Originally from Minnesota, I now train with my club team out of Stratton, Vermont, and that’s where I live when I’m not at US Ski Team camps in Oregon, Alaska, New Zealand and Utah. I usually train twice a day, 6 days a week, and although I love it…it’s brutally hard. We train with a mix of roller skiing, running, weight lifting and other cross...

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Jessie Diggins at the World Championships

I never used to think hydration was as important in the winter, because when you’re colder you’re not as thirsty all the time. In fact, staying properly hydrated while competing in winter sports can make or break your performance, because you’re still sweating and your body needs to replenish it’s stores! This year I’ve made it a goal to up my water game and use Nuun to help improve my performance as I compete on the World Cup in Cross Country skiing. This is my fifth year on the US Ski Team and the World Cup circuit, and I absolutely love my job. I’m always looking for ways to improve and keep my body healthy and ready to race fast, and this year I won my first individual distance World Cup and had the chance to anchor our relay team to two medals, so I’m very happy with how it’s been working out!

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thermoregulation & core temperature in winter

We are now fully emerged into winter (one of my favorite seasons), and about 3/4 of the country is now dealing with cooler air, wind, snow and ice, so what does that mean for your hydration? Year after year, I hear from several athletes on how they change their hydration strategy to deal with the change in environmental conditions. Now, I won’t say that’s a bad idea in any way, because it is important to make the necessary adjustments for all non-controllable factors while exercising. But, I hear over and over again how some athletes feel like they don’t need to hydrate or drink as much. That couldn’t be more wrong.

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Tips for running in the snow

Snowy weather doesn't mean training stops, but it does mean you have to be a bit more careful when you lace up and head out the door. Follow these tips to stay safe this winter season.

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winter hydration is more than water

Staying hydrated means giving your body the right levels of both water and electrolytes. And while you may put careful thought into your fuel for winter training, not everyone remembers to think about hydration. When it's cold outside, you don’t have the normal triggers associated with thirst. Your body is working hard, but sweat evaporates quickly in the cold, dry air so you don’t have that sweaty workout feeling to drive you to your Nuun.

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