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How to Survive 24 Hours of Le Mans


Get yourself a good sleep routine before the race

It is absolutely crucial that you are well rested before the race begins. In fact, you want to build up your good sleep routine at least a week before the actual race. This is because while the race lasts ''only'' 24 hours, you probably will be awake for much longer as you watch the warm-up before the main event and the opening ceremony which definitely is worth seeing - all in all, do not count with much sleep time on Saturday.

If possible, get as much sleep as you can on Friday as it is a day when the competitors of the 24h of Le Mans will have a rest day after a tough Thursday consisting of two long practice sessions as well as a very important hyper pole setting the grid for the Saturday.

Make sure you have all meals prepared

Make sure that everything is prepared before the race starts. After all, you do not want to miss out on some important action on the track while cooking your food. You also want to be sure that whatever you choose to eat during the race actually benefits you in staying awake and making it through the whole race. Therefore trash food is not a good option if you want to feel good all the way to the finish line.

Instead, prepare some fresh fruit, a lot of water (you definitely want to stay hydrated), and some energy drinks (a lot of people would advise you to not use them at all, but from my perspective, they work and they will make you feel better - however, make sure that you do not overdose yourself with a lot of caffeine as that could potentially be dangerous). Of course, you need to consume some regular food as well, but make sure you do not experiment too much and try instead to stick with the food you are well used to and that you know will make you feel good.

Now it is time to talk about alcohol. 24 hours of Le Mans is a real holiday for motorsport fans. It is almost unthinkable to not celebrate this particular occasion with some alcoholic beverages of your preferred choice. However, have in mind that alcohol does not fancy your chances when it comes to being able to stay awake for a longer period of time. In fact, it does the exact opposite to most of us and therefore reduces our chances to stay energized during the event.

Switch positions and exercise during the race

Your main goal probably is to get through the whole race. To succeed with that there are some things that you can massively benefit from. The most obvious one is exercising because it goes without saying that laying or sitting down all the time will make it hugely difficult for you to stay energized. Some situps and squats are what I prefer and highly recommend. It is also a good idea to walk in place in front of your television, computer, or whatever device you watch the race on. However, you do not want to exercise too much, as you will then end up being very tired instead.

See, it all is about finding the perfect balance. Once you manage to do that these long races will become a much more enjoyable experience and you will be able to extract the most fun of them.

Water is your friend

I talked about it a little already when I mentioned that it is important to stay hydrated. However, drinking water is not the only thing that will help you. Fast cold showers can also be a way if you fancy cold water. If you do not stand this type of activity, you can at least wash your face with cold water several times during the race when you feel very tired. Trust me when I say it makes a huge difference.

Never give up

There will be times when you will be extremely tired and there is a risk you maybe start to think about giving up on it all. No matter how hard it will feel, try to stay positive. It is totally natural for every one of us to experience those moments in such long races as the one at Le Mans. It is tough, 24 hours of time is a lot for us to stay awake and also being active and paying full attention to what happens on the racetrack. These tough moments will occur several times during the race so be prepared for that.

The usual time when it can be very tough to stay awake is between 4-6 am. That is a time when you most likely will feel very tired no matter how well you prepared yourself before. It is also time to deploy your best food and drink supplies on the game field and maybe even considering a quick shower to re-energize your body.

Make sure you enjoy yourself

This is the most vital part. The 24 hours of Le Mans is a fantastic event and a real festival of motorsport. Make therefore sure that you really enjoy yourself. This amazing race comes to us just once a year and it is therefore important to get the most out of it. That does not apply only to competitors themselves who take part in the race, but even to us followers and fans, who try to watch and follow all the actions on track as much as possible.

It does not really matter if this is your first time or if you are experienced enough. This race always tends to bring out something new and appealing for everyone. Whether you plan to watch the race alone or together with someone else, if you follow these steps, it is surely gonna be pleasant, and hopefully never forgetting experience that will stick with you for a long time. So get ready for the race and see you at the chequered flag!

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