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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:01 am 
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I'm an expert hare scramble racer, 30 yrs old, 6', 200 lbs, been racing seriously for the last 5 yrs and riding for 15. Off and on for the last year I have been struggling with moderate stomach pains especially in races 2+ hrs in length. The pain is not sharp but feels similar to a bad stomach ache, like you have just ate something bad and are going to have some major diarrhea soon but it never happens. The pain can get severe enough that acceleration chop can be almost unbearable and causes my pace to slow tremendously. The pain will not always happen but if it does it will start to come on after about 1 hr. The pains will then be present for the remainder of the day and irritated by too much movement (sitting still is the best fix). It can also be hard to eat post race (no appetite).

I have tried to figure out what the trigger is for this pain by trying more/less food, focusing on hydration, doing more crunches, etc but cannot figure it out. I never had this problem before 1 yr ago and can't figure out what has changed. Any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:15 am 
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First thing that come to my mind is have you talked to your doctor? You could have an ulcer or something else going on in your stomach. This sounds more serious than just "training" issues.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:11 pm 
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I am pretty sure that you are dehydrated. I get really bad cramps after I run between 1-2 hrs. I get cramps that last for the next 4-5 hrs. Try Pedialyte before and during the race.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:50 pm 
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I'd consider consulting with a naturopathic doctor....they have very good training in strange cases like this. While it certainly could be a hydration or conditioning issue, it could also be something related to gastric motility. When we are in high stress environments our bowels can often shut down (or at least dramatically decrease their functionality). A visit to your family doctor with hopes of referral to a gastroenterologist would also be a good idea as they can insert a camera either down your throat or up your "...".

Maybe try the naturopath first :).

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