Q&A with Gina Ricardo

Q&A with Gina Ricardo

What are you training goals for Summer 2019?

To keep up the hard work so I am ready to perform at our races in January – the National Road Championships, Tour Down Under and Herald Sun Tour.

What is most important for your preparation leading into competition?

Keeping healthy and consistently ticking off the training sessions. It’s really easy to over-do it or get sick in the lead up to an event, especially from all the extra life stress of knowing you have to go away from work and family for a few days. It’s better to do less than more during this period to make sure you don’t get sick. Eating & hydrating correctly, recovery and sleep are super important.

How do you approach hydration over the Summer?

I’ve had a couple of sessions with the Sydney Uni Sports Dietician Rebecca Hay, so I know roughly how much fluid I need to drink per hour at different temperatures during races. Unfortunately I am a guzzler/high-consumer and tend to experience cramps in the heat, so for me the biggest thing is practising my hydration strategy in training so I don’t have to think about it during race day. Basically my hydration consists of a PREPD Prime the night before a race, a mix of Staminade and water during the race (500mL – 1500mL per hour depending on the temperature & humidity) and a PREPD Recover straight after competition.

How have you integrated PREPD into your training and competition routine and what difference has it made to your performance and recovery?

Whenever I’ve got an intense session or a race (we race at least once a week during summer), I pre-load with PREPD Prime the night before so I know I’ll be hydrated for the session. During races I’ll have one bidon full of water and the other full of Staminade. The Prime makes me feel great – extra energy throughout the day and I feel as though I don’t need to drink as much during the race. I still haven’t managed to cramp whilst being loaded up with PREPD! Straight after I’ll guzzle down a PREPD Recover drink. The difference is noticeable in the morning and I feel ready to go for my next session!