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Any ideas on post-ride nausea?(7 posts)

Any ideas on post-ride nausea?bigdave
Apr 9, 2001 7:10 AM
Or more accurately after a race...

3 straight races now I've experienced nausea after the race. It lasts up to 4 hours after the race, and isn't horrendous pain, but the sort of discomfort that one might experience before getting the trots. I do my best to be hydrated the day before and day of the race, so I don't think it's that.

I intially thought it was the Cytomax I drank after the ride, so I switched to diluted grape juice... same result. So next time, just water and a cliff bar (which I eat all the time with good results) and same thing. If I get some "real" food in me it helps a bit, but not for long.

Any ideas on how to prevent this? Or is it just normal after a hard effort? (never really experienced it before)

Do you "belly breath"?Kristin
Apr 9, 2001 7:57 AM
I'm not posting this as an athlete, but as a singer. Sometimes I feel nauseous during and after a vocal practice where my breathing needs to be focused and deep. Many athletes breathe the same way singers do. Forcing lots of air into your diaphram causes your intestines, stomach and the like to shift out of the way, and this seems to upset my stomach when its empty. Unfortunatly, you probably want to race on an empty stomach. Does anyone here take antacids before racing?

I don't really have any advice--its just something to pay attention to.
Not surebigdave
Apr 9, 2001 9:36 AM
I try not eat a whole lot inside of 3 hours before race time. I never feel like I'm going to hurl on course (I've been there before from eating too close to exercise)... this is strictly something I experience 10-20 minutes after the race and on. It's possible it's the belly breathing thing... I dunno.

I get this after races too. I just thought it was normal.Jimbob
Apr 9, 2001 1:45 PM
I remember one time, when I was a junior, my teammates and I all went out to eat before the race and I chose blueberry pancakes. I ate these 3 hours before the start and then had 2 hour mtb race and rode really well. Afterwards I felt really bad and eventually threw up. Almost 6 hours later I threw up the pancakes. Pretty disgusting. But it was a great physical performance for me. Odd that nearly 6 hours later I still had these in my stomach. Thats the only time Ive thrown up after a race but I do frequently feel a tad bit queasy.
re: Any ideas on post-ride nausea?HenryN
Apr 9, 2001 7:40 PM
I've had this problem only twice, but it's quite uncomfortable. One time, I had a large lunch and waited only 2 hrs. before a ride. Clearly a full stomach was the problem.

Another time, I didn't eat much but I went through gallons of water on a hot (95+F), humid midwestern day and had serious dry heaves afterwards. I feared the beginnings of heat stress. In retrospect, I think I drank water faster than I could sweat. (I've since read you can actually drink too much water and get into serious trouble with your body chemistry.) Now I try monitor water intake more carefully. Both too much OR too little is trouble.

used to get this all the time..doug in co
Apr 10, 2001 10:01 AM
when I was younger (teens, early 20's), a hard race would leave me feeling ill in just this way for several hours. Never did figure it out, it went away after 5 or 6 years..
Some suggestions I received were to check for gluten or lactose intolerance, sometimes these don't show up until the system is under stress. Typically the lactose intolerance is due to deficiency of lactase enzyme activity and not complete absence. I tried avoiding dairy and wheat, barley, oats, and rye products for a couple of days before the race, but it didn't help in my case.
Hmm... sounds like I just have to deal with itbigdave
Apr 10, 2001 11:20 AM
I can't say I'm allergic to any of that stuff, as I've never had any ill effects from the bazillion snack crackers I eat (gluten) or the milk and cheese... never get too flatulent. :-) Never felt anything wierd that way.

I guess I'll try to stick to water and experiment with different foods in small amounts after the race. Actually, my wife had some Muenster cheese and crackers afterward... maybe I'll bribe her to bring that next time, too. :-)