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Tour "Elimination" Question(5 posts)

Tour "Elimination" QuestionJohn R.
Jul 28, 2001 7:12 AM
O.K., there has been some fascination on this site with how riders relieve themselves during the race (i.e. urinate).

What I wonder about is the other form of elimination. Eating 4000-6000 calories per day must create quite a need, and that probably amounts to a few pounds of waste the rider is carrying around. Some irregularity seems like it could really hurt performance.

John R.
Why do you think they make seats with holes in the middle nmLBS Guy
Jul 28, 2001 1:51 PM
get realget real
Jul 28, 2001 7:42 PM
These guys have this down to a science, an art. They have doctors that tell them what to eat to optimize performance. These guys are not on some MS 150 ride and eating burgers on the way at 12 mph. When you do any strenuous exercise (assuming your healthy) your body focuses the attention where it's needed.

If you don't believe me, go ride at 30 mph for 4 hours. See what your body does. My guess is you will not be able to drink enough fluids to support that level of activity and relieving yourself will be out of the question. Those 4 pieces of pizza will be absorbed into your muscles in a matter of minutes.
re: get realLBS Guy
Jul 29, 2001 8:41 PM
Pizza will give you the green apple splatters if your not careful
getttin realak
Jul 30, 2001 9:26 AM
after taking my spin at a pro-level training (I raced Cross Country in College - 85 hard miles/week[running]) I know what it does to your system. During this type of training I have to drop the kids off at the pool at least four times each day. But like most people I can hold it without feeling held back by it. The extra 1-2 pounds isn't going to matter when we're talking about the extra two minutes necessary to relieve one's self.
Runners also experience a thing we call "trots" but I think it is specific to runners as I've never had the need to stop in the middle of a ride to go spray liquishit in the woods.