When do triathletes pee?
I would like to take this opportunity to address another VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. This issue arose during a recent conversation with friends. The pressing question of the moment is: When and Where do Triathletes and Marathoners do the #1 during a race? Some of the people had walked or run marathons in a non-competitive capacity (Race For The Cure, for example). They used the port-a-potty during the race as needed. But what about people who are competing? If every second counts, when and how do they go to the bathroom? I said they don’t, that the intense exercise prevents them from having to eliminate until they’re done. It was also suggested that the athletes use a bag or a diaper, like astronauts.
Luckily my parent-in-laws visited this week-end. They are triathlon competitors (in town to visit and oh by the way burn 5000 calories while our lazy hung-over asses slept in). Their answer: They don’t. Legend said he can run and bike for 12 hours or more without going to the bathroom. He might drink 3 gallons of water but he just sweats it all out. He said there are port-a-potties set up but if you’re being really competitive you just skip them. He said the Tour de France riders have been known to just pee off the side of the bike while riding; it’s just not shown on T.V. (I’m shocked that I couldn’t find a YouTube video of this – I guess some things are still sacred.)
Atilla did fess up that sometimes competitors will pee in the water during the swimming portion of the race. I’ve peed in a lake before and found it more than challenging to stay afloat and wee-wee all at once. I can’t imagine being able to accomplish peeing and swimming at the same time. I guess that’s why I was in Drama. Anyway, Atilla won 5th in her age group for women (she very often takes 1st; I blame the loss on competing against abnormally tall women of Nordic decent.)
Legend took 1st place in his men’s age group and 68th out of all 1100 competitors.
For a full answer by athletes, read here.