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Bad dehydration?fracisco
Jul 19, 2003 7:49 AM
Heard on this morning's broadcast that Lance had IV drips in him all night, and that he has been down some number of pounds (my girlfriend thought she heard 15 lbs., but that would mean that he would be dead....10% of body weight?). I think that would explain his performance the last couple of days, and mean bad things for the future. It takes more than a couple of days to recover from such a deep dehydration.
re: Bad dehydration?cyclejim
Jul 19, 2003 8:05 AM
That just doesnt seem possible. Lance said he lost 7 kilos of body weight on the time trial day. How do you lose that much in one hour (+ warm up time).

Something doesn't sound right here.
re: Bad dehydration?jumphress
Jul 19, 2003 8:10 AM
If he had lost seven kilos of fluid I don't think he would have finished.

You know, it may have been seven pounds, but got reported (filtered through the European press) as kilos.
When he was talking to Andreu he was talking in kilos (nm)Walter
Jul 19, 2003 8:19 AM
re: Bad dehydration?cyclejim
Jul 19, 2003 8:34 AM
It was actually Lance who told Frankie 7 kilos.
Why no water on ITT?Ahwatukee Roadie
Jul 19, 2003 10:57 AM
I noticed during Lance's ride yesterday that he carried no water with him, and I assume he consumed none during the entire time trial. Why, with such heat, do the riders not use the triathlon-style water bottles mounted between the aero bars? I assume that they want to make the bike as fast as possible, but there's something to be said for keeping the engine up to speed, too.
Medical procedure on dehydration: drips for <20%!BergMann
Jul 19, 2003 11:39 AM
My wife is a physician, and she says standard medical procedure on dehydration calls for IV drips on dehydration of _20_% of body weight in adults (in children the figure is more like 10%).

In her opinion, a 10% loss in body weight is a strong case of dehydration, but not critical.

What I simply can't fathom is that Lance wasn't carrying water on such a hot stage.
"I ran out of water at the base of the last climb"270bullet
Jul 19, 2003 1:13 PM
i don't think it was just during the TTrufus
Jul 19, 2003 3:22 PM
lance said that he was thirsty before leaving the starting gate, so perhaps he was dehydrated stemming from the last few stages, and simply hadn't recovered or replenished enough, and it just steamrolled from there. so perhaps he did lose the weight, but just over a bit longer period of time, say 24 hours.