Stomach Cramps after race

Stomach Cramps after race

Post by Eric Morri » Thu, 01 Aug 2002 20:46:39


I've been competing in Triathlons now for 4 years - mostly sprint, but two
or three longer ones per summer - and always get really bad stomach cramps
after a race.  The kind where your stomach feels like its in knots.  They
usually last 4-5 hours after a race and tend to lead me to the bathroom
quite a few times if you know what I mean.  I'm a 31 year old male in good
shape and train pretty regularly.  I originally thought it was dehydration,
but I drink a lot during the races and most are only an hour or so anyway.
I only get them during races or training if I do a very hard (race pace)
brick workout.  Any ideas out there?  They really suck and are making me
think twice about racing this weekend.  Thanks
Eric
 
 
 

Stomach Cramps after race

Post by Bill Walla » Fri, 02 Aug 2002 06:31:14

I think I know the reason and have a speculative solution.

I read that under extreme performance stress the body reacts by
releasing extra water into the intestine. This can cause intestinal
cramping (ie those pains before you blow soup out your arse). I wonder
if using some salt to increase water retention might counteract the
syndrome.

BW

Quote:

> I've been competing in Triathlons now for 4 years - mostly sprint, but two
> or three longer ones per summer - and always get really bad stomach cramps
> after a race.  The kind where your stomach feels like its in knots.  They
> usually last 4-5 hours after a race and tend to lead me to the bathroom
> quite a few times if you know what I mean.  I'm a 31 year old male in good
> shape and train pretty regularly.  I originally thought it was dehydration,
> but I drink a lot during the races and most are only an hour or so anyway.
> I only get them during races or training if I do a very hard (race pace)
> brick workout.  Any ideas out there?  They really suck and are making me
> think twice about racing this weekend.  Thanks
> Eric