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What are the principles of mountain safety?
Each rider is responsible for his own safety. In the mountains, autonomy is a key notion that must always be given priority and comes before competition. To be autonomous, it is essential to take care of your own health and to know how to evaluate yourself. Remember to eat and hydrate yourself very regularly. Be aware of symptoms that should alert you: nausea, difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, tachycardia, hypothermia or hyperthermia. In case of problems, ask yourself: Am I able to go to the next refueling point without endangering my health? If you are unable to continue, call the race headquarters at 0041 27 565 93 70, or the priority emergency number 144. Be aware that even if the organization has developed a complete and efficient rescue system to guarantee the safety of the competitors on all the courses, all kinds of hazards linked to the mountain environment or to the race can make you wait longer than expected for help.
The location of the victim and the nature of his problem or injury are important information for the rescue workers. To allow you to communicate the most precise location possible and to facilitate the search of the first aiders, we recommend to download the Liverun app and to use it to signal your accident. According to the rules of the organization, you must carry a cell phone with an active international option and charged batteries. To save your battery, remember to disable bluetooth® type options and 3G function.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY
- Good hyration is important, beware of dehydration, but beware of hyperhydration which lead to a potentially serious drop in blood salt.
- You should drink to your thirst and not follow a predetermined protocol.
- Start with a leaner gut.
- At refreshments, eat slowly, small bites and without further experimentation.
- In case of digestive problems (nausea or diarrhea), taking medication that reduces these signs can be helpful. Fasting can also be effective.
- Use short naps of 10 to 20minutes to maintain "sleep pressure".
- Lack of sleep can lead to decreased motivation, falls etc.