Hello from Furnace Creek, CA--Death Valley!
It's the day before the start of the Badwater Ultramarathon! I'm here in Death Valley to serve as support crew for friend and client Jason Rita who will take on this epic 135-mile beast of a race starting tomorrow.
Badwater is the hardest footrace on the planet. As Jason will face temperatures as high as 125?F, I thought it would be an opportune time to post a few tips to help you in your summer racing. As Jason's crew, we need to help him handle the fundamental triad needed for racing in the heat--hydration, electrolytes, and calories-- or Jason will have no chance of finishing this race. A DNF or poor performance can happen to any of us as we face racing in the summer--even if the heat is not as extreme as what we'll face in Death Valley. The video below gives you my thoughts and guidance.
We will be posting updates as we can from Badwater to give you an insiders view on such an epic event, and to let you know how Jason is doing. He is dedicating the race to raise funds to help alleviate the effects of "bad water" in Haiti, and we are teaming up to help him do that. You can read about our efforts here.
Signing for now with three keys to successful racing in the heat!