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disco piper
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 Posted: Fri Jul 16th, 2010 04:28 am

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Hi-

Every time I race I get a super upset stomach and I think it hinders my breathing as well as just being a general bummer. It's not nerves, and I always finish breakfast (usually just simple carbs and a bit of protein) at least 3 hours before start time. Does this happen to others? Have any advice for me?

Thanks, Piper

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are you drinking/eating the same things you do in training?

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I think so. I think maybe it's related to the fact that I'm riding harder/ pushing myself more in races, but it gets so upset that I think it starts to hinder me toward the end of a race.

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next time you have a scheduled hard workout, monitor what you are eating/drinking beforehand and what you consume during the effort.  Compare the level of effort to what you do during a race and compare what you eat and drink to what you do on race day.

My stomach is very sensitive and what I can tolerate during a hard effort and/or heat is very different that what I can deal with on an easier ride.  For example, most energy drinks just make me want to puke if it is hot and I'm pushing hard.  But I drink just about anything on long, moderate rides in the winter.   By contrast, my husband can eat or drink anything in any season on any effort.

If this is your problem, you will have to spend some time experimenting with different things to find out what works for you.

don't know what your races are like, but nausea can also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.  Since you are in Colorado, that may not be an issue.  But I did do masters track natz in Colorado Springs one year.  I thought I was going to melt during the points race.

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what symptoms do you have exactly--nausea?  pain?  diarrhea?  other?

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I'm not sure I can describe it very well - not diarrhea, not really nausea - more like an acid-refulx feeling, like I want to take a Tums and a Gas-Ex. And I feel like it makes it harder for me to breathe

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My own two cents is that during really hard rides/races - I have eat things that are super easy to digest. When I did the Everest Challenge the first time, I made the mistake of eating bars during the race and it was awful (I thought my stomach was going to explode). The second year, I only did gel and sports drinks and my tummy was 100% better. I personally respond well to Hammer Gel, but you might have to experiment. I have also found that during races I have to be focused on getting the gel ingested on a regular schedule - and that also seems to help.

I agree w/ the other Bellas advice too!

Hope this helps a bit...
Natasha

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natasha made me remember--sometimes i have problems with caffeine upsetting my stomach with races

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 Posted: Thu Jul 22nd, 2010 12:34 am

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Thanks ladies for the advice! I will try out your ideas and let you know...

Piper


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