Comprehensive Guide To Living Legends
Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:40 AM
There is no clear cut way to prepare for Living Legends. Everyone is physically different and take more or less to actually get in shape for physically demanding paintball. Don't kid yourself, Living Legends is very physically demanding. I know for a fact that while many of us thought we were in shape in 2010, Mother Nature proved to us we didn't know jack. The heat index, if I remember correctly, was something around 100, give or take. This was insane weather for paintball in May. You must be prepared to handle this type of heat.
Last year, mostly because of the heat, there were multiple people who were actually submitted into the hospital because of dehydration. Do not let this happen to you. You've spent countless hours getting prepared mentally and physically, spent hundreds of dollars, and now you lie in a hospital bed with an IV. There is only on option. You should be drinking water for a solid week before the event. Get your body into into its natural rhythm with purely water and you'll feel much better than if you'd be drinking pop before the game. Drink water until your pee is clear, then keep drinking, until and throughout Living Legends. Alcohol and pop/soda will only dehydrate you even more due to your body diluting and purging through more bathroom breaks.
Disclaimer: I am a veteran of LL4, as well as 15 years of Viper's Texas games.I was the ref on the ATV hauling people off the field who dropped out due to the heat. We met the ambulance at the entrance to CPX with a player that was taken to the hospital due to heat exhaustion/heat stroke. (He was border line for heat stroke)Everything that has been said is spot on, except for one minor point. Hydration. Cut your water intake by 1/3 and replace it with Pedialyte. (Cheaper "house brands" work just fine. I use Kroger brand)Cool water & Pedialyte, NOT cold. Cold may taste & feel great at that moment, but it will also cause stomach cramping.The reason for Pedialyte vs. plain water? When your electrolytes & minerals are out of whack due to excessive sweating, adding water what's left.
Heat exhaustion/heat stroke is serious business. And it's no fun spending all of that money on Living Legends and then wind up missing it because you fell out 2 or 3 hours into the game.
Pedialyte is an oral electrolyte solution manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and invented by Gary Cohen, MD of Swampscott, Massachusetts, which is designed to replace fluids and minerals that are lost when a child has diarrhea with or without vomiting. It is designed to promote quick fluid and electrolyte absorption while a child is sick and contains the quantity and ratio of the sugars, glucose and fructose, and electrolytes recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); this makes it very low in sugar compared to most sports drinks (100 calories/liter vs. Gatorade's ~200) and higher in both sodium (1,035 mg/L vs. Gatorade's 465) and potassium (780 mg/L vs. Gatorade's 127). (loss of sodium & potassium are responsible for muscle cramping)
Sucrose is not used in Pedialyte because of the risk of making diarrhea worse by drawing water into the intestine and increasing the risk of dehydration. In its flavored formulations, Pedialyte uses the synthetic sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Pedialyte has become a hydration alternative to sports drinks for some athletes including members of the Arizona Cardinals, the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, Mexico's boxing superstar Juan Manuel Marquez, and Tom Glavine, who pitched for the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. Many competitors in combat sports use it to rehydrate after cutting weight for weigh-ins.
It is also popular with migrant workers near the US-Mexico border to stave off dehydration which is the foremost cause of death in the desert.
Pedialyte is similar to rehydration fluids used by the World Health Organization (WHO) such as "New Oral Rehydration Solution" (N-ORS), that are used during the outbreak of illnesses such as cholera and rotavirus. Other similar products are Lytren, Gastrolyte, Ricelyte, and Resol.
My home fields are Forney & Houston, Texas. I did a 26 hour scenario with Viper in Copperas Cove, Texas, (next to Ft. Hood), in June one year.It was 112.3 @ 3:18 pm in the shade at one base. (Air temp, not heat index) We did a forced stand down/hydration break every two hours for 30 minutes.
Monday, April 4th, 2011 was 75 degrees. The high from there on out was never below 75 degrees for the rest of the summer.Viper's T-Rev game, April 8th, 9th & 10th in Spring, Texas, (outside of Houston), the high/low was 90/73, 86/71, & 87/71 respectively.The only reason I mention this is that we take heat exhaustion/heat stroke seriously. We have to.
Urine Color Chart: http://www.appforhea...-beat-the-heat/
This post has been edited by paintballref62: 13 January 2012 - 01:46 AM
Viper Ref & Sometime Player
Posted 27 January 2012 - 08:14 AM
The CPX bathrooms will be locked, so you'll be crapping in port-a-johns and washing your hands at the portable pump sink stations. The sink stations will run out of water, and the port-a-johns will be disgusting.
Last year the CPX water fountains were turned off for LL (and for weeks beforehand), so don't count on having access to any running water at the park. I haven't been to CPX since the beginning of last summer, maybe someone else can confirm if the fountains are still busted.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:19 AM
Posted 30 January 2012 - 07:29 PM
Proud Christian Paintballer!!
Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:40 PM
By looking at the maps my guess is running 10-15 miles in a day isn't out of the question so make sure you do what the above says otherwise life will suck!!!!
This will be my first LL so i am excited to meet everyone and thanks for the post this is awesome information!!!