What I learned at polo: first humid day of the year edition

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I think I drank 120 ounces of Gatorade yesterday. No lie. The one thing I forget all the time about hot weather polo is that the humidity takes the wind out of your sails faster than a tom cat runs from a sidewindin’ grandma’s broom.

I wanted to see how much I could mix that one up. Thanks for following along.

So, after playing for a few hours I was exhausted-to-the-point-of-not-caring-I-smelled. I’m still tired today, and would be more than happy to crawl under a rock and stay there for a few days to recover.

But, alas, that would not make for very interesting blog posting. So here’s a few things I learned yesterday at humidity polo:

1. Pace Yourself: Yeah, you could make that break-away or chase the ball to the other end of the court – but is it worth it? The heat (at least to us Pennsylvanians in the mid-state), gives reason to pause. Your body is only going to let you make big runs so many times before it gets angry with you, so choose that battle wisely. Conserve some energy – especially early in the hot-months – for the whole day.

2. Drink some liquids after every game: Your body is producing lactic acid and also sweating. Both of these things are horrible for your muscles. After each game, take a few swallows of water/sports drink/beer(not really) to keep yourself hydrated and thankful the day after.

3. Ball physics change: if you’ve got a big cooler, chances are your icing your polo balls. If you’re doing that, chances are you’re going to hit Yeager right in the kneecap with a frozen ball and he’ll be passively pissed off and limping for the rest of the day.

Remember to let your hot balls warm up a touch before playing with them to allow some normalcy of play. The hardening of the ball changes how it reacts, and that’s something to keep in mind.

4. Build up your endurance: Yeah, so maybe you want to sit every other game. Hell, that might not be a bad idea overall – but learning to play in the heat is just as important as knowing how to play in the cold. Build up your tolerance to the weather and your ability to keep a level head no matter what the thermometer says.

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