>I might be telling you thing s that you already know but here it is all the
>same. Lack of mineral/electrolytes, especially Ca and K can give severe
>soreness and cramps. I don't usually ever have problems with cramps, but when
>I have problems with getting a lot more sore than I should -- It's usually b/c
>I haven't been drinking my milk. Also, Calcium supplements often include
>Magnesium which is necessary for the body to properly use the Ca.
> Regarding the salt intake, If you are getting adequate amounts of salt
>in your diet (most Americans get plenty) you should need little or no salt
>supplementation. George's original post said that he ate something on the
>order of 6-7 salt tabs a triathalon, this seems like more than enough to
>counterbalance any salt loss. I'd look at the other electrolytes for the
You should also note that the salt tablets will absorb some
necessary water which your body could use. If you are going to
take salt tablets, you should drink 2X as much water as usual,
which would equate to about 40-60 ounces (depending on weather
conditions). This is quite a lot (2 large bottles at least). So
I guess the m***of the story is to train hard, eat lots of
bananas, and drink lots of milk, and drink 7 or 8 glasses of
water per day - all you will do is pee the excess out.
In fact, there are many people whom I train with who drink water
while swimming - as a former competitive swimmer, I can't do
this, but I do hydrate up afterwards.
Univ of Calgary Tri Team