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‘ The first is like shoot­ing a free throw in bas­ket­ball – you should be able to get it down per­fectly ev­ery time if you’ve prac­tised,’ says Lewis. His beer of choice: Am­s­ter­dam Blonde, a Toronto craft brew in a beer­mile-ap­proved 355ml bot­tle and a man­age­able five per cent ABV. The sec­ond beer feels much harder to get down, says Lewis, be­cause it’s the first time you’re out of breath. Af­ter­wards, he fo­cuses on forc­ing a belch. Burps don’t al­ways arise nat­u­rally this early in a race, but gaseous re­lease makes the next lap much more com­fort­able. The penul­ti­mate chug poses the big­gest mental chal­lenge. Lewis pre­pares with short, hard re­peats fol­lowed by guz­zling non-al­co­holic beer or fizzy drinks out of beer bot­tles. ‘ I prac­tise so that no mat­ter how breath­less I am, you can hand me a bot­tle and I’ll be able to get it down,’ he says. ‘ The fourth one, I’m get­ting hun­gry for the fin­ish line,’ says Lewis. He’s cut his fi­nal-chug split al­most in half since 2014, get­ting down to just over eight sec­onds. One se­cret: stretch­ing his stom­ach with a few huge meals of pasta or sushi, fol­lowed by chugs of wa­ter, two to three weeks be­fore­hand.

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