Originally Posted by Iron Horse
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Oh for where art thou Laia...
Question. - How do you do to feed you on the bike and do you eat?
Laia Sanz. - In the Dakar is complicated. We usually eat breakfast between 3 and 3 and a half in the morning and then we eat a lot because I have very difficult and if you do not eat when you wake up and drink well, the day is very long and then you bill passes. Along the way we eat sticks, nuts, fruit ...
Q. - Benefit some refueling to eat? Does the organization you put food or something that runs in your account?
LS. - Everyone espabila as we can and so the jacket full of good food. It is obligatory to refuel every two hundred-odd kilometers. They make you put gas in one of the trucks and force you to stop 15 minutes. It is a time to take advantage to eat all you can, get some rest and water fill the 'camelback'. Water if the organization puts us. It is very important to have it and have always 'camelback' full. (Bag 'camelback' has a capacity of 2.5 liters)
Q. - On the subject of water, Jaume Palau, trainer of Nani Roma, told me that from his point of view in the Dakar Rally is the most important hydration and fluid needs for a motorcyclist (water, sports drinks, ORS ...) are between 6 and 8 liters per stage: "Hydrate, hydrate and hydrated. This is the main thing, "he says. If not enough fluid ingested a high risk of dehydration, to a lesser degree, can trigger contractions and cramps and, in severe cases, cause loss of reflexes, disorientation, loss of consciousness, delusions and even risking their lives . Did you find something similar happened in your two participations in the Dakar Rally?
LS. - Drinking is superimportante. In the bike can not drink as much (as in cars) because only carry 2 liters in the 'camelback' and after an hour and you've cast the. In addition, the water is already hot on the bike and the problem is you have no possibility to carry more water. The first time I ran the Dakar was not sure how things were going and I paid and now I've caught some experience ... One day, during a long day, I was a very long time without drinking and I really just at the end of stage. Furthermore, the next day from the first kilometer suffered some cramping in the arms and incredible job cost me finish the last two days of racing. [LoA: Laia suffered from dehydration].
Q. - As you said, the stages start very soon and you have to eat breakfast at three-thirty in the morning What desayunáis at that early hour to get enough energy? ? Cambiais breakfast according to the characteristics of the phase duration, hardness, weather conditions etc.?
LS. - As soon costs much breakfast. You're not hungry and all I want is to sleep, but even if it costs me effort to eat because if not then half of the stage you pass bad. I try to eat a lot and a little of everything. In the bivouac there is pasta every day and as pasta, fruit ... I prepare ham sandwiches also back and take in the jacket because sometimes, since breakfast until the stage begins can spend 4 or 5 hours, so I go back to eating something just before leaving. If you are facing a stage where you know you will be twelve hours in the bike trying to eat a bit more than if you're only going to be six or seven.
Q. - Do you use any type of caffeine supplementation, vitamins, antioxidants ... that will help a little to not suffer as much wear?
LS. - I take vitamins, but no caffeine because it can cause dehydration. What it does take is a lot of tea I've been in the 'camelback'. Theirs is trying to eat well and drink a lot and at the end of day continue hydrating. Ultimately, that (eating and drinking) is most important.
Q - Marc Coma won three editions of the Dakar Rally, explains that in his first six kilos lost weight by not eating properly, but instead, with the lesson learned last year, and only lost a kilo. You too adelgazaste in the two editions that you participated?
LS. - Yes, yes, it happened exactly like him. I've only participated twice, but the first year I was the same: Slim 6 or 7 kilos during the race and came home with a bad face. Last year I did and lost weight, but usually 1 or 2 kilos, but by eating an excessive manner. I ate a lot and notice much difference. The fact control the well hydrate food and helped me a lot and I avoided the bill passed the first edition, during which I ate really little and I also dehydrated. Last year I ate a lot and left the bivouac so loaded that I could hardly move, but at the end of the day have been grateful jacket full of food and go eat on the way.
Q. - Do you have to resort to anti-inflammatory intake? I have understood that the vibrations to which you are subjected for so many hours on the bike will cause inflammation and pain in the joints.
LS. - Always bring soil in the bag in case you suffer a fall or run into any pain. Last year I fell on the fourth day of race and suffered a cracked wrist that forced me to take anti-inflammatories every day until the end of the race.