In the water I felt great! I swam hard and smooth. On the way back I did some speed work into the waves. I went to sight the shore and a wave literally went straight down the pipe. I didn't even swallow the water, it just flowed right through me and got caught in my stomach. Alot of water. I didn't cough or choke, I just kept swimming. I'm pretty calm in the water so I don't panic when things like that happen. It may be different in a mass start but honestly I feelt great in the water. 3Km later and I was way ahead of the pack. I stood up to get out of the water and then it hit me - ugggghhh my stomach! And it was a weird feeling, it was literally in my stomach, up high in my body and not lower in my gut. I keeled over holding my stomach. I could barely walk without pain. A sharp pain, I felt green and felt like I may need to vomit.
I very slowly got changed into my run gear. Luckily we spent a bit more time in transition looking for a lost car key while I waited on my tummy to get with the program. I could barely walk, I didn't want to puke but I think I should have. I could tell the entire slab of pizza was stuck in my stomach, nothing had moved and it has been over an hour! The lake water didn't help. Last week I had GI issues after swimming in that water. I think it's not very clean water.
Anyhow I tried to run but couldn't. It was too painful, but I wanted to give it 20 minutes of HTFU. I ran with a new found friend that was kind enough to pace me. Everyone else ran ahead and I stay with my new friend. I tried to talk but it was more of a low whisper of broken words. I grit my teeth and bared the pain. Luckily she was just doing the short run because I couldn't go no further. I figured it would pass but it simply did not get any better. 30 minutes later and back at my truck I could barely drive it was so bad. I called the wife and looked for sympathy but there was none to be had. I was on my own. Every minor bump in the road felt like a knife to the stomach. I had the window down and was ready to vomit while stopped in the middle of the road. Ohhh it was bad. In 32 weeks of training I haven't had any GI issues, so this was strange.
I'll stick to the PB&J next time. I promise. I am not too fond of pizza today. I dont even want to think of it. Just the same I should probably eat less before a swim too. I should try to find another water hole because this water might not be agreeing with my health. I'll scope out Gullivers lake next week then.
Oh - and the package I picked up at the postal station? - The wife's new wetsuit!
Swim: 1:00hrs Open Water
Run: 0:30hrs GI pain from hell, cut short