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Side Stitches

Posted By: Matthew Amman
Date: Tuesday, 27 May 2008, at 2:18 p.m.

I've been doing triathlons for three years while gradually increasing my training each year from 8 to 18+ hrs/wk. From race number one, I've been suffering with right side stitches and its been a performance limiter so I'm getting frustrated. At my first HIM, I started getting a stitch on the bike and it continued into the run and nearly crippled me. I had stitch for three weeks following the race b/c I was determine to run through it. I told myself I trained too hard to have some silly side stitch prevent me getting a sub 5 hr HIM. Jumping ahead, the American TTT was this weekend and at every single race I struggled at the start of the run b/c of the right side stitch. Fortunately after 1-2.25 miles it eased up and I can run again at nearly top speed. The bike to run transition seems to be a killer. Interesting to note, the third race was a swim to run transition and while I still started with a stitch, it wasn't nearly as bad. In pure running races I don't have a problem at all. Historically, I've tried core exercises, adapting my breathing pattern to the 6-6 cycle that Jack Daniels recommends, belly breathing, exhalation on left foot strike, and ART. All of them help a little bit.

What's next????

Alter sodium intake, bike position, better swim and bike pacing

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