The Electrolyte Bridge for Endurance Performance Across the Water and Earth
I am a former ultra-distance runner and now a long-distance ocean athlete whose stomach does not always agree with an environment that moves in three directions. Maintaining an optimal electrolyte balance and a nutrition fueling plan is critical as the distances get longer, and an inability to keep down even your favorite endurance foods can mean the difference between success and failure. Sometimes an electrolyte boost is needed to maintain a level of performance and GU Roctane Capsules ($9.00, GU Energy Labs) do just that and more with a full complement of critical electrolytes and the addition of ginger root to fight nausea and support any fueling plan designed to cover nautical or terra miles.
GU may had land-based athletes in mind with the addition of ginger to the Roctane Capsules, but the supplement may prove even more beneficial if any part of your race is on the water. For everyone from open water swimmers to paddlers to surf lifesaving athletes, wave induced nausea and heat stress thrown onto an athlete’s system compromised from high intensity efforts and accumulated heat fatigue means a survival mode performance that worsens as sun, waves, and saltwater continue to take their toll. Ginger has long been used as a homeopathic supplement to help settle stomachs and fights nausea for these athletes and those navigating trails or roads far from the shore.
Since going longer on land, and in the water, means learning how to plan for nutrition needs beyond just calorie intake, GU’s Roctane Capsules bridge that nutrition gap. “Each bottle includes 50 capsules that are packed with electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, chloride) to aid in hydration by maintaining water balance and plasma volume. Capsules also contain Vitamin D for calcium absorption and bone health, as well as, Vitamin B6 working with the ginger root that may help to combat nausea. GU Roctane Electrolyte Capsules before, during, or after exercise replenish electrolyte levels from any energy-demanding activity resulting in sweat loss” (From GU Energy Labs) helping that session and the countless ones that will follow. Whether on land, or in the water, the better you fuel the better you feel, and when you can keep the physical and mental parts of any race in balance the switch from surviving to thriving becomes part of every race or training session.
For more information on GU Roctane Capsules and GU Energy Labs new nutrition planning website visit www.guenergylabs.com.
Bruckner Chase is a triathlon and swim coach, ocean lifeguard trainer, endurance waterman and ocean advocate whose marine and community endeavors have taken him to waters around the world is places such as Australia, American Samoa, Denmark, Greece and Poland. He is a global ambassador for the Lifesaving World Championship 2018 organizing committee, and he is the Technical Director and Media Ambassador for the Red Bull Surf + Rescue Championships. Closer to his home in New Jersey he is a member of the Sea Girt Beach Patrol and the founder of the Ocean City Swim Club. He is a professional member of the US Lifeguard Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Swim Coaches Association.
Bruckner’s athletic career spans the most challenging events on water and land. He competed as a professional triathlete, and he continues to be an elite level competitor in every endurance sport he takes on. On the water Bruckner has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable: a record setting no wetsuit swim in Alaska, a 22-mile swim of Lake Tahoe and historic swims between the islands of American Samoa. Bruckner competes in professional surf lifesaving sports across multiple aquatic disciplines. He is the fifth American in history to compete in the iconic Coolangatta Gold Surf Iron Man in Australia, and in 2016 he became the only American to finish the event three times and the first to earn a spot on the winner’s podium.