> Getting very dehydrated just before a maximum effort race has too
> *major* problems. 1) your performance will suffer 2) you might die.
> Ok, so the second one is fairly unlikely, but as a medic (and a
> lightweight) I do feel the need to stress the danger you face of
> seriously harming yourself.
I agree with you ofcourse. It IS fairly unhealthy to dehydrate yourself 3
hours before the race (or whenever). The best thing to do is (like Tim
said) to monitor your weight and very slowly (say 2kg/month) get it down
to whatever is required. You might want to get help from a professional
dietician etc.etc. (insert disclaimer here). Last year a team member of
the German LM4- died while running before a race (wasn't it? don't
remember the circumstances exactly).
> PS: has anyone ever gone completely *** to make the weight?
For official races that is illegal now... ;-(
As I said, complete racing outfit is required (with club or national team
colours) but a 180g lycra uni is accepted as such, even in winter. They
cannot decide for you that it is too cold to be racing in just the uni.
> What about drastic hair cuts etc?
A former fellow club member, Annette Bogtstra
94?95?), had to make weight for a LW2x race and had already dehydrated
herself beyond any healthy stage. She said she could only spit grains by
then.. She still needed 100g and cut off her (beautyful :) long hair, and
passed the weigh-in.