Lauren Fendrick and partner April Ross not only overcame the challenge of several rivals en route to winning a world championship silver medal in August this year – they also managed to beat the oppressive afternoon heat.
The temperatures in Vienna (Austria) soared as high 37 degrees Celsius during play at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, but the newly formed US duo were well prepared and thrived despite the smouldering summer heat and perpetual sun.
For Fendrick, a Southern Californian native who began her career playing indoor volleyball, it was a first world championship medal and a career-best finish in FIVB competition.
“To be up here on this podium, with these players, is pretty special,” Fendrick said at the time. “It’s some amazing company and I’m stoked that April took a chance on me.”
Here, Fendrick offers her tips on how to prevent sweltering temperatures and unrelenting sun from slowing you down during competition.
Drink plenty of fluids
“First, obviously, is drinking a lot water or something with electrolytes. I often drink coconut water. You have to drink lots not just the day of your event, but also a couple days before or at least the night before. Drink more than you think, before you are thirsty.”
Have a cold towel handy
“I like having an ice towel nearby to cool me down between points and during time-outs.”
Get used to the heat
“If you can, get heat acclimated beforehand. If you can expose yourself to the heat in small increments where you are not overheating, your body will get used to it and much better at processing it.”
Stay cool during downtime
“In my downtime, I make sure I am not getting too hot. If I feel like I am getting overheated, I’ll put water on my open skin so it acts like sweat and cools me down the way sweat would. Definitely stay in the shade and stay cool between matches. And stay off your feet if you can.”
Use sea salt
“It’s in one of the electrolytes that I use. I make sure to put a little bit in my water or on my food. It just makes sure that the water doesn’t go straight through you. Not just table salt, it has to be like Himalayan sea salt.”
“Definitely wear a hat, sunglasses and use sunscreen when you are outside in the sun for a long period of time.”
Courtesy to Olympics Athletes’ Hub