Some people vomit during a race but not during training. Why would that happen? A couple of reasons:
- During training you are in aerobic state of training and during the race, anaerobic. Anaerobic means “living without air”, as opposed to aerobic which means “living in the presence of air”. During training you are managing your breathing because you are used to the pace, you can carry on a conversation. During the race your adrenaline from the excitement will have you pushing beyond the training, huffing and puffing creating energy production faster than your body can adequately deliver oxygen. This will create high lactate acid levels in the muscles, along with disruptions in functions including the tummy.
- Don’t try anything new for up to a week before the race. And whatever you do don’t overdose on carbs. We’ve all heard of loading up on pasta, just don’t have more than your body can process before the race or try another carb choice.
- You’ll want to hydrate before and during the race but don’t overdrink water, it will dilute your electrolytes and do the opposite of what you want causing Hyponatremia (low sodium levels). Make sure your hydration includes electrolytes.
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