Question for you TRI boys....re cramping/side-stiches...

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    Oct 21, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    Massage therapist here, I have a client who is preparing for Ironman Florida...Great athlete, very dedicated to his coaching program...He's been getting cramps/side-stitches on the lower right area (front) of his rib cage, in T2....anyone else out there experience this? and how did you deal with it, solve the problem??? He's got his electrolytes dialed in, so I don't think it's that...HELP!!!! Thanks!!!
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    Oct 21, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    I run into that problem when running. Yeah they are painful but I just keep on trucking. Even if you slow down then pick the pace back up they come back.


    only thing to do is keep going
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    Oct 21, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    If someone does have a solution for that, I'm all ears, as I get the same problem. Sometimes it's not that bad, and I can get through it; however, there are times when it's almost crippling (while jogging, for example).

    I would be interested to here input on this one. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 21, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    I had the same issue when running and what fixed it for me was pumping my arms. You need to keep your arms going to help keep the blood pumping. Not sure what the science is behind it but helped me. Thats my two cents.
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    Oct 22, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    Slowing my breathing down and expanding my lungs completely helps me too
  • swimbikerun

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    Oct 22, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    For me, it can pretty much vary regarding side stitches, never ave them in T1 and T2 would seem to be a prime candidate. I usually just grin and bear it with bananas being the only thing that seems to deal with them.
    Cramps seem to be a different thing. Proper hydration, really accurate hydration is both a science and an art. Make sure he's really eating enough and go over the amount of water he typically consumes.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 22, 2008 1:30 AM GMT
    I've found that side stitches tend to go away if I can keep my arms up for a while while running through them.
  • HotCoach

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    Oct 22, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    Body is performing inefficently. Stiches are caused by lactic acid build up that muscles can't get rid of. Usually cured Immediately by slowing down. As he continues his training the muscles should be able to get rid of lactic acid more efficiently
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    i would have said dehydration... hard to imagine how he'd get sidestitches coming off the bike... if there was something wrong with his form, swimming, he'd feel it in T1.
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    Sep 29, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    Sure cure...take a deep breathe and hold it as long as you can. Works everytime. Repeat if necessary.