Looking for peoples experiences with this. I had a go at doing the local sprint triathlon at the weekend. I am not a triathlete, and only really did 8 weeks of ‘training’ for it. I.e. a run and a swim a week around the cycling. Some brick runs, some just on their own.
However, what I wanted to bring up was this. after 1km of the 5km run, I started getting stomach cramping which was downright painful and caused me to walk a few times. My legs felt absolutely buzzing which was the annoying thing. I don’t think I went overboard on the bike leg, with an IF of 0.94 for the 22km ride (approx 36mins) so felt like I was holding just a little back. The brick training sessions I did were probably not quite as intense, in that I’d do intervals at threshold rather than a solid block of it. So maybe a slight difference there. Km pace in training was around 4.15 yet in the race I averaged 5mins so really lost out there.
My thoughts around this are with nutrition. I had a reasonable day the day before in terms of carbs. Nothing crazy, just a normal day of eating as if it was a training day the next day. It was some pasta, potatoes, chicken, veg, the normal stuff. The morning of the race I had a bowl of porridge (oatmeal for lots of you folk!) comprised of 60g oats and 300ml semi skimmed milk with blueberries, and an egg (approx 60g carbs). This was 2 1/2 hours prior to the start. Sipped on an isotonic energy drink in the hour before, probs in the region of another 20g carbs with the amount I drank. During the bike I sipped on more of the isotonic drink, here maybe 30g as I drank more of the bottle. Then as I say, about 5mins after that started to suffer. It was not pleasant!
What I had been thinking immediately post-race was that I had overeaten and drank both before to and during the race. However, I remember reading somewhere that 100g of carbs about 2-3 hours out from the race is optimal so I am well under that. It was also what I would typically have for breakfast on a training day too. Maybe its the amount of fluid I took on? Probably more so than a typical training day, especially of carb mix. It was also incredibly intense for an 8.30am start, again more so than a typical training day where early starts are usually longer group rides rather than this kind of all our hour effort. I am aware it could also be that I am not in a triathlon trained state and/or it was my first tri.
What has changed the game now is that in the two days since, I have had some ‘GI tract issues’. So maybe this was not anything to do with my nutrition on the day, but rather some stomach bug which inconveniently rendered itself on race day. Or, it could be the hangover from some bad nutrition on race day. I don’t know.
So looking for peoples experiences. Is this ‘normal’ on a bike to run bit of a particularly intense sprint triathlon. Do you think I went a bit overboard with the breakfast/too close to the race before something so intense? I realise this cannot be diagnosed fully over a forum but really peoples advice and past experience.
Ps. having had such a bad run, and being so close to the top 10 overall, it annoyingly makes me want to do it again next year which I just don’t want to do! I like riding my bike a damn lot more!