I’ve been thinking a lot about hydration and combat recently. Why do we do what we do?
I’ve found there to be a few main fighters stay hydrated in our area.
- There’s the fighter who comes to the tourney, fights, has a bit of water from the water bearers if he’s thirsty
- There’s the fighter who comes with their own water and drinks as needed
- There’s the fighter who pre-drinks as much as he can and then drinks occasionally
- There’s the fighter who doesn’t drink until the tournament is over
The way I try to work is to drink as much water as I can the day before, and then day of drink as needed. It’s a system that has worked well so far, and is heavily influenced by Viscount Savaric’s methods.
If we were to believe the beverage industry we’d drink three different kinds of energy drink or Gatorade throughout the day as much as we can.
I decided I’d like to know more. So I started reading Waterlogged by Dr. Tim Noakes. It’s an interesting read. It focuses on endurance running – marathon primarily – but I think that it can apply to fencing as well. It may not be as much of an endurance sport as a marathon but it still takes a lot out of us in sweat.