We Were Right About Slurpees After All.
There’s nothing quite like the post race 7-11 stop. You know what I’m talking about. Those days in late summer, after a long hot tri, when your pooped, covered in dried sweat and road grime, and you have to pee so badly that you’ll stop anywhere. Including 7-11.
Despite the hesitation you feel from the dirty windows and the only half lit cracked neon sign, your desire runs deep and you push through the door. As your senses adjust to the brilliance of the fluorescent lights and the aroma of one too many air fresheners, the treasure you seek comes into view. There, in the back of the store, always flanked by the sacred “Rotator of Unexplained Cylindrical Meats” and the “Restrooms Locked; Ask Manager For Key” sign lies the elixir that is strong enough to make mankind disregard any tenets of sanitation or diet: The Slurpee.
If the above sounds like you, then this is your lucky day. According to researchers at the National Heat and Acclimatization Center in Australia, drinking an ice slurry before racing may improve your performance. In their article in the most recent Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, they tested the effects on ingesting an ice slurry mixture prior to maximal exercise efforts. Ten males were selected to either receive ice slurry or cold water, after which, then they were run up in a warm environment. Rectal and skin temperatures, HR, sweating rate, and ratings of thermal sensation and perceived exertion were measured. Results showed that those men ingesting the ice slurry had “lowered preexercise rectal temperature, increased submaximal endurance running time in the heat (+19% ± 6%), and allowed rectal temperature to become higher at exhaustion. ”
Now I’m just hoping that they extend this research and conclusion to Margaritas.