2014 Tip of the Day #22: Be Superpowered During Comic-Con

SONY DSCI’m no doctor but I am Asian- and my people make great doctors. So I wanted to offer some advice on how to physically keep pace during the show. If you are new to the four day experience of Comic-Con, it’s a very grueling ride. Whether you are standing for hours in the heat, sprinting to your favorite panels, or shuffling a mile on the showroom floor, you will be exhausted like you’ve never been before. Especially if you are going to take advantage of the late hours nightlife. The problems is that the pre-dawn schedule doesn’t exactly allow for a well balanced breakfast. After a couple of days, your body can be vulnerable to sickness or strain- making you zombie bait for sure. To keep that from happening you want to take some preventitive steps to make it all the way through the show. Disclaimer: Like anything you put in your system, do your research and don’t take some crazy Asians advice as gospel.

  • First things, first. I would advice you to cut down on the Romulan Ale. Alcohol can really put a lot of demands on your nutrient depleted body. I know it might be hard for you to imagine having a good time with out some spirits, but you don’t want to be a wreck by the time the most demanding day of the con arrives- Saturday.
  • Nothing is better than good ole H2O. Start your morning with plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Avoid the 5 Hour Energy, Red Bull, coffee, etc.
  • Emergen-C or another Vitamin C supplement is a must. With close proximity, hand shakes, and hugs, you can contract a zombie virus in no time. Pound the Vitamin C.
  • Potassium is great to take at the con. Naturally found in bananas, Potassium helps muscles recover and keeps you from cramping. I take it in pill form and find it helpful when I jog.
  • Vitamin E found in sun flower seeds and almonds are a great for removing pollutants from your body (since you aren’t listening to my non-drinking advice). It helps with relaxing the muscles and reduces foot cramping.
  • Protein in the morning is huge. Your muscles need it after a long day in order to recover. If you can swing a protein shake or peanut butter sandwich on your way to the con, you will give your body a fighting chance.
  • I also take a regular doses of Ibuprofen during the days. Besides pain management, it keeps the swelling down in your feet which relieves stress in other parts of your body. Disclaimer: Again, know what affects any medication has on your body before taking it.

Overall, a steady intake of nuts, protein, and fruit will keep you on your feet. While alcohol, candy, and fatty foods won’t. This all may sound a little too motherly, but trust me, you don’t want to take chances.  Comic-Con is like Mount Everest. The climb from Wednesday to Friday is a steady climb with Saturday being the steepest part. You’ll need every advantage you can get to make SDCC a wonderfully memorable experience. I know a lot of you con veterans have your own nutritional secrets- leave a comment and let us know.

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11 thoughts on “2014 Tip of the Day #22: Be Superpowered During Comic-Con

  1. A bit of happy feet advice from a geek who also wears a triathlete hat: I utilize two tri training methods to keep my feet happy at SDCC.

    First, bring a spare pair of socks and change in the afternoon. A pair of balled-up socks take very little space in a backpack, and you’ll be amazed at how refreshed your feet feel immediately when you pull them on.

    My second piece of advice is to keep a lacrosse ball handy to relieve your feet. I know it sounds crazy, but as part of my regular triathlon training, my coach has me roll my feet before and after a workout. It stretches out foot muscles, relieving tension and aches, like physical therapy. Again, the relief is immediate (and blessedly sweet!). Last year I was sitting at the trolley stop outside the convention center waiting for the next train and began rolling my feet. It drew some questions so I shared the ball with a few others and they couldn’t believe how great it was. (I had a $10 offer for my lacrosse ball on the spot – no way, man!)

    A common question I get regarding the lacrosse ball is, “Does it have to be a lacrosse ball?” The answer is ideally, yes. Tennis balls are much more common, but they’re too soft to push into tendons and relieve stress. Likewise, something as hard as a baseball it just too hard on bones and tendons. Lacrosse balls are compact rubber with just enough give to get the job done. I found mine at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $3, but they’re also available on amazon.com.

    For some ideas of the best methods to use to roll your feet, search youtube for “lacrosse ball foot roll” and you’ll find quite a lot of hits. (The method is well-known in athletics, but not so much outside of that field.)

  2. Great advice Tony!

    My biggest two pieces of advice for making it through Comic-Con alive are:

    1) Embrace your Inner Aquaman – Stay hydrated! I know the allure of soda, coffee and energy drinks will be strong, but the more water you pound down the better! Often times the fatigue that starts to set in halfway through the day is a touch of dehydration. Staying hydrated will keep your energy levels up!

    2) Eat a Hearty (but healthy) Breakfast – I know pancakes, waffles and that bowl of Choco-Coated Sugar Marshmallow Bombs looks oh so tempting in the morning, but they are just going to give you a carb-crash midway through the day. Instead a high protein breakfast, like you mentioned, is the way to go! I recommend hitting the hotel restaurant and downing a veggie filled omelet, or a bowl of oatmeal with a bunch of fresh fruit; finish it off with a side of bacon or sausage and you should have the fuel you need to power through the craziness until lunch-time.

    • Nothing that will melt or requires refrigeration. I’d keep it as healthy as you can with fruits, nuts, etc. Stay hydrated!

  3. For hall H I brought a backpack with bottled water, beef jerky, oranges, nuts, and Gatorade. Oh! And one of those awesome sandwiches from Ralph’s! Also it is a good idea to pack wet wipes or sanitizer. Your hands will be touching a lot of unsanitary things before you get hungry.
    Packing food is also a great way to meet people! See that person next to you talking about how they wish they had eaten something before getting in line?? Offer them a snack and you have a line buddy. I did this last year and held a spot for my line buddy….he returned with Starbucks for both of us. 🙂

  4. A must- arches or heel support for your feet unless you are flat footed. I did two days on floor with running shoes and arches and walk away with no pain or blisters.
    Airbourne and sanitizers. This is a must. Lot of unwashed bodies down at Comic-Con. If you are overnighting at Hall H/Ballroom 20, you are outside in the cold and possibly can get sick if u are not warm.
    Balance/Cliff/Kind bars for snack. Do not eat junk food.
    The most important- most people of Comic-Con say focus on your feet, but no one thinks about your shoulder/collarbone/back area. That is the area that you need carry your bags/backpacks with your swag/purchases and running to one end of the convention to the other. Use the BAG Drop area. If you are using the WB bags, bring safety pins. They always rip at the handles. If you are using a backpack, take a roll of socks to help your shoulder area to help relieve the shoulder straps that will dig into your shoulder area.

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