Hot & Cold
How Louie Sangalang and his coach plan to keep his cool and stay warm in the North Pole
According to his coach, experts, and even his Squad, Louie Sangalang’s only disadvantage going to the FWD North Pole Marathon is the fact that he is from a tropical country. Regardless if he’s a mixed martial arts champion and a veteran multi-sport athlete, how well he prepares and trains for the race will be for naught if his body can’t properly and quickly acclimatize in -35° cold.
Apart from the training program his personal coach Ige Lopez designed for him, they are strategizing on ways to keep him warm but not too warm that he sweat too much, and also, proper hydration. “One of the first pointers that Coach Ige gave me while we were training in the freezer is to secure my gear, my gloves, and make sure that my clothing fits me well so the heat won’t come out or the cold won’t seep in,” Loiue says.
Another crucial strategy, hydration. Oftentimes, in a cold environment, people don’t feel thirst as much as in normal temperatures, which could be dangerous. More so for runners several hours into a marathon in extreme cold conditions. “The thing is, you’re not feeling thirsty when in fact your body is losing too much fluid and about to suffer dehydration. Romi Garduce also told me to sip warm water regularly to keep my body warm and dehydrated throughout the race,” he says.