I am a relative newcomer to triathlon (Wildflower was my third tri,
and first Olympic distance), so I'm hoping that someone out there
might have some insights for me!
During training, I usually don't drink a tremendous amount of water.
But at Wildflower, people told me that you really need to drink a lot
to keep yourself well-hydrated on such a hot course. So, I tried to
get a cup of water or Gatorade at just about every aid station on the
bike. But by the end of the bike, I had a stomach cramp, which
continued through the first half of the run. (It disappeared as I
stopped drinking and tried to breathe more deeply.)
I am fairly certain that the stomach cramp was due to the large amounts
of fluid I consumed (that's one reason why I tend not to drink much
until after the workout is over) so I assumed that I had overshot the
mark in terms of keeping myself hydrated. But one of my teammates
pointed out that one way to gauge how well-hydrated you are is how
soon you need to urinate after the race. Despite the large volumes of
fluids consumed both during and after the race, I didn't need to visit
the portapotty for over four hours after I finished, which probably
indicates that I was dehydrated.
Has anyone out there had similar problems? Any suggestions for
staying hydrated while avoiding stomach cramps?
Thanks to all of the volunteers at Wildflower who made it the great
race it was!