It is hard to assess precisely what causes cramp. Cramp is painful and frustrating when, otherwise, you feel that you can continue well. It is also very common, and over 40% of triathletes will experience it at some point in their racing career.
Adjusting nutrition through experimentation can help to overcome cramping.
Another common cause is pacing. Successful racing is reliant upon a well thought out, pacing strategy. It can be tempting to start too fast or pace each section as a standalone event. This has a cumulative effect on fatigue and how your muscles react. As you get more training and race experience for this distance, your endurance and strength will build.
Muscle cramps are likely to have multiple causes including, but not limited to, electrolyte imbalances and neuromuscular fatigue. To minimise the risks of cramp, ensure your electrolytes (you may need to add salt sticks) are topped up. Race your race as a whole so that you are ready to achieve your target intensity throughout.
Please find articles below that may be of interest:
- Race Nutrition
- Measure Your Sweat Rate
- Pacing for Triathlon Events|
- Pacing for Running Events
- Pacing For Duathlon Events
- How to Pace Your Cycle Event
Learning from race and training experience and taking actions to fine-tune strategies is the best and fastest way to improve for your future races.
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