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Contributed by - Anurag Chakradhar
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Winning Science – How To Win

October 14th, 2012

A T-Shirt salesman from London enters the worlds most gruelling race – the Lanzarote Ironman triathlon. Will the latest sports science give him the edge?

Michael Hanreck, a T-shirt salesman from London, is preparing for the most extreme day of his sporting life. He is about to attempt the Lanzarote Ironman triathlon in which he must swim 2.4 miles, run 112 miles and then run a marathon.

Michael has science on his side. This is the key to pushing him to the very edge of his capabilities both physically and mentally. In the weeks previous to the race Michael has undergone lactate testing to find out exactly how hard he can push his body during the 11 hours it will take to complete the event. And crucially, he has a nutritional strategy. Without this his whole race plan could fall apart. Energy drinks, bars and gels are the modern day fuel to power an athlete’s body.

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