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The 10 Biggest Mistakes Endurance Athletes Make

#7: Using Something New In A Race...

Wed, Jul  19, 2006 - By Steve Born

Using Something New In A Race...Without Having Tested It In Training

The title is pretty self-explanatory; it’s one of THE cardinal rules for all athletes, yet you’d be amazed how many break it. Are you guilty as well? Unless you’re absolutely desperate and willing to accept the consequences, do not try anything new in competition, be it equipment, fuel, or tactics. These all must be tested and refined in training. 

Recommendation:  Because all the Hammer Nutrition fuels are complementary (they all work well alone or in combination), you have all the flexibility you need to ensure that you can tailor a fueling program for any length of race, regardless of conditions. You’ll never have to guess or grab something off the aid station table in hopes of trying to keep going another hour. Use Hammer fuels, try all sorts of combinations in training, and keep a log of what works and what doesn’t. If you expand your training log to include fuel intake also, you’ll have the data you need to prepare a fueling protocol for your next event.

Next time, Mistake #8: Sticking With Your Game Plan Even When It’s Not Working