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TT080: Dangerous Hyponatremia After a 70.3 Half Ironman

Colin Pugh had a dangerous case of hyponatremia that could have resulted in death.  Hydration expert Andy Blow joins us to review his case.  In Colin’s words, here is what happened:

“On Aug 14th I did my first Half Ironman (Stealhead – Benton Harbor MI). I ran a pretty decent race and finished in a time of 5hrs 47 mins. After the race I was about a 3 hour drive from home in Milwaukee WI. I was over there on my own as my girlfriend was working that weekend. Based on the fact I couldn’t stand up without cramping I made the decision to hold up in a hotel for the night and make my way home on the Monday morning. I got to the hotel grabbed a shower and then started to become obsessed with the fact that I hadn’t taken a pee all day and started taking on water (a lot of water!). This was quiet the mistake……..

I then remember only a few things. I remember walking across to the gas station to buy more water and being completely out of it in my mind like kind of drunk feeling. Then I went to bed and woke up at 11pm and proceeded to throw up all a lot of that water back up which wasn’t pretty.

I woke up the next day feeling really rough and text my girlfriend to say I’m not driving until I get kicked out of the hotel at Noon. Then the next thing I know is I’m at the breakfast table grabbing breakfast and all packed up and I had no idea how I got there. Then the last thing I remember on Monday morning was getting on to the highway at my intersection in Michigan and then the next recollection I had was waking up in the ICU on Wednesday morning in Chicago………….

What happened? It turns out that I must have had the sub conscious thought to get to the Emergency Room. Because when I crashed my car into a truck I was only 6 blocks away from the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center in downtown Chicago. But I had managed to drive over 70 miles without remembering a thing and then passed out behind the wheel. When the cops came up on my accident they said they found me having a seizure in the driver’s seat and then proceeded to smash me out of my car and get medical help.

Then I got to the ER by ambulance and my girlfriend was calling my phone. The ER doctor answers the phone and tells her what they think is going on. My girlfriend is actually a doctor herself, she completely gets what the ER doc tells her and starts freaking out and gets in the car and starts driving the 1-2 hrs down to Chicago to be with me.

So what was going on? Typical human blood has 140-145 mol/liter of Sodium in it. Anything less than 120 mol/liter is classed as serve. On my first blood work when I got to the ER it was at 113 mol/liter and that’s why I kept having seizures. I had Hyponatremia where you drink too much tap water and in essence dilute your blood. I was then admitted to the ICU early Monday and over Monday/Tuesday given fluids and monitored closely until I woke up on Wednesday morning very confused. While I was out I wasn’t being very cooperative it seems……..I had to be tied down feet and hands to stop me from beating all the people up which wasn’t great for my girlfriend to see.

After waking up I had no idea what year it was, what had happened, where I had raced, who the president was…….nothing…….and that was very worrying. But I quickly started to get it all back come Thursday and Friday. I was then discharged from the ICU to home on Friday.

Quiet the experience that I need to get follow up appointments to completely figure out if I had a Kidney issue or if I just put myself in trouble by drinking so much water instead of something with electrolytes in it. In the meantime I’m back to work and doing fine, getting my car fixed up and taking it easy for a little while and deferring a few races that I was booked into for the rest of the season.”

TT078: Cody Beals – Canadian Ironman 70.3 Pro

Cody Beals is a third year Canadian pro specializing in the Ironman 70.3 distance.  His results this year include two victories and no worse than a 7th place finish in seven Ironman 70.3 events.  Later this month he will race the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Cody BealsOklahoma.

His website, codybeals.com, details his training, finances, physical challenges (low testosterone), and more. Cody is very open about his life and that makes for a good interview.

 

 

TT047: A Journey With Triathlete & Cancer Survivor Bob Thibodeau

Breast Cancer Survivor Bob Thibodeau

Bob changed his diet and exercise after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002.  He got into active cycling 5 years ago and had a solid cycling base.  He did his first triathlon in 2012 and in that race he swam with his head out of water the entire race.  The longest he had run consecutively before the race was one mile, and this was a 5k race. At the advice of a friend, his goal was to race to complete, not to compete.   He finished third out of eight in his age group and his triathlon career was started.

In 2013 he had a full slate of racing, finishing with his ‘A’ race at Augusta 70.3, a half ironman.  After a successful season in which he finished first and second in his age group each race, he had a few hiccups in Augusta.  During the swim it took him several hundred meters before he could put his head in the water.  He finally did and came out of the water fourth in his age group.  He had a solid bike and was in good position using a power meter keeping his power around 140.

His longest run going into the race was only 8 miles.  In the second half of the run his hip started bothering him so he walked most of the way in. He finished 10th of 12 in his age group with a time of 6:43 (30/2:57/3:02).

He raced much less in 2014 and again ended the season with Augusta 70.3 He had a successful race, finishing third of thirteen in the 65-69 age group with a time of 6:21:27 (32/3:06/2:26).

Bob follows a ketogenic diet (high fat/low carbohydrate). He started this a few years ago to reduce his cholesterol and lower his blood pressure.  That did the trick, and he was able to get off statins. His caloric intake while racing/training is very low. Based on our conversation I’d estimate it was about 25-50 calories/hour (probably closer to 25) during the 3 hour bike.

His plan is to race Ironman Florida next year, as his goal is to race an Ironman by age 70.

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TT042: Augusta 70.3 Half Ironman Triathlon Part 2

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“I think the most intimidating thing about doing a half was that I would read so much and I would look at all the things I needed to know about the swim, the bike, and the run and think, ‘can I really do this?  Am I putting in enough training?'”

Trish Roberts Post-Race Interview

The previous episode featured a pre-race interview with Trish Roberts six weeks before her first Half Ironman.  In addition to training, Trish has a full-time job in addition to being a mother and wife.

On September 28, she finished Ironman 70.3 Augusta in 6:55.  Her goal was 7:30.

On race day the temp was 70 degrees with high humidity.  The swim was down a river and resulted in a fast time.  She paced the bike on perceived effort with a goal of 15mpm.  She was 7 minutes faster on the second half of the bike and the effort felt comfortable throughout.

Her biggest issue was discomfort with her seat, and she will be replacing that for future training.  Her goal was 250 calories per hour, and if I recall her weight is 125 pounds.  She had a mix of gel, a Honey Stinger Waffle (designed for athletic use), and Skratch drink.  Her fueling, with one exception, was planned and tested in advance of the race. She made the last minute decision to use Skratch during the race, and didn’t sip water on the ride.  This is something she will change in future races as it resulted in an intake that was too calorically dense and lacked water.  On the run she craved water only and not sports drinks.  However, she still felt good throughout the run.

She plans to do Augusta 70.3 again in 2015 and she took detailed notes of her experience to better prepare for next year.  This note taking is great advice for every athlete and pays huge dividends.

Her results are below.

Augusta 70.3 Results

Augusta 70.3 Results

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TT041: My Ninth Triathlon Is My First Half Ironman Part 1 of 2

Half Ironman Questions

Trish Roberts is preparing for her Ironman 70.3 in Augusta Georgia.  This interview was done 6 weeks before her race, and the next episode will be a post race interview.  She is a personal trainer and it was one of her clients that got her into the sport. She helped a client lose 100 pounds, and that client returned the favor by getting her into triathlons.

Topics include:

  • Goggle Fog
  • Wetsuit use sleevless/sleeved
  • How to pace the half marathon
  • Bike comfort
  • Hand numbness
  • Racing with Coke
  • Getting used to the long run
  • Breathing to the opposite side
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TT038: Half Ironman Triathlon Prep

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Half Ironman Prep/Second Year Triathlon Training Questions

Tony Ruales is a second year triathlete preparing for his first half ironman.  He asks some pertinent but unique training questions which haven’t been covered on previous podcasts.

Topics include:

  • How much should and when will this race hurt
  • Goal power on the bike
  • How to pace the half marathon
  • Affects of blood pressure medication on heart rate
  • Intensity vs volume

His race is the New Jersey Half Shoreman in September 2014.

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TT034: Half Ironman Pursuit Part 2

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Postrace Half Ironman Interview With Rodrigo

Rodrigo is back for a follow up interview after the Syracuse 70.3 Half Ironman.  Rodrigo was the guest in episode 33, an interview we did in early April, as he was preparing for this June 22, 2014 race.Rodrigo Finishing Syracuse 70.3

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TT033: Training Questions & Half Ironman Pursuit

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Half Ironman Training Questions

Rodrigo Chaves is the guest for this episode and we discuss several questions based around half ironman training.  Rodrigo lives in New Jersey and 2014 is his second season of racing triathlons. He’s competed in running races for the last 4 years and he’s been swimming for 8 years. He is training for the Syracuse Half Ironman 70.3 on June 22.  Rodrigo at Syracuse 70.3

Be sure to check out episode 34 for his post-race interview.

Here are his questions that we discussed in the interview:

General

1. What’s the common volume of training for a person on their second season training for their first half? I feel like my training compared to others might have too much volume. Here’s the breakdown: Continue reading

TT028: Half Ironman Training Questions From Second Year Triathlete Shawn Deal

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Shawn Deal Half Ironman Training Questions

My guest is second year triathlete Shawn Deal from Springfield Missouri. Shawn did a few triathlons and duathlons last year and this year he’s gearing up for the Kansas 70.3 Half Ironman on June 8.

Shawn is finishing his Masters in Divinity on May 3. He has a triathlon on May 4 and the Olympic distance Memphis in May Triathlon on May 18.  In June he will do the Half Ironman Kansas 70.3 triathlon.

Shawn is a member of the Ozark Multisport Club (http://www.go-omc.com).  In his first triathlon last year Shawn was pulled under water early in the swim and didn’t finish the race.  After the race he questioned whether to continue with the sport, but several members of his club offered support and he stuck with it.  They even offered a surprise gift to help him with his racing this year.

I answer several of Shawn’s questions regarding adding run intensity, volume, race day nutrition, doing an Ironman, and more.

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