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2012-11-23 12:17 PM

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Subject: Indelicate, but I have to ask

I know this is an indelicate question.  And it's probably been asked before but I haven't had any luck with the search feature here.  Oh, and only moderate laughing and berating please.

During my first sprint race, last month, I stopped in T1 and used the porta-john.  But my plans for next season are a pair of Olys that bookend an HIM.  So, on these longer races, how do you pee?  Do they put porta-johns out on the course?



2012-11-23 12:50 PM
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Pee on the bike...seriously

 

2012-11-23 12:54 PM
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Not so much at sprints, but in some Olympics and almost all longer races there are port-a-potties at the run aid stations.  Some do pee on the bike but I would have to be very desperate to do that, especially in a shorter race. 

If you gotta go, you gotta go, but if you are not going to win, take the minute when you have the opportunity.

2012-11-23 1:16 PM
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The HIM's will have something out on the course, especially the run.  Bike will be slim pickings most likely but they'll be out there.  Best course of action is to go in your wetsuit before finishing the swim though so you can make it through the bike without going.  No idea on Oly's
2012-11-23 1:24 PM
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Please peruse this all-time BT classic thread:

Going to the bathroom on the bike

Myself, I'll pretty much pee anywhere, anytime. Whether or not the bike is included. My friends know I sneak-tag their backyards (or front yards) ... I mean, I'd pee on the trainer but the Hobbit Maid (my household help) would get really, really mad.

I learned how to pee on the bike for long races by doing it during shorter races. And maybe it's just my mindset, or the hinky races I do, but porta-johns are just not that plentiful. But there's always plenty of road!

2012-11-23 1:30 PM
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Ask the race director where the porta potties will be set up.  Some races will have more than others.

If no option presents itself, you always have the option of leaving the course to find somewhere to pee...so long as you reenter the course at the same point.

The last option of course is just going in your shorts.  As the above thread elaborates on, pooping in your pants is a very bad idea...unless you're trying to qualify for Kona like this guy...

http://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.cgi?do=post_view_flat;post=3067249;page=1;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;mh=25;



2012-11-23 1:48 PM
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Most races have rules against indecent exposure, so make sure you check about that (and that you're well-hidden if you have to go off-course).

My guess is they wouldn't be enforced in a true emergency, but still.

Just to continue being the gross ogre, I can assure you that if one little (or big) crap were standing between me and a 17:00 IM finish, you can bet your pants I'd poop mine.

2012-11-23 2:29 PM
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I just finished a very long HIM in October. I used legit facilities 3 times on the bike course, and once on the run. I was also probably rhe first triathlete in history to use the T1 stop actually during T1, but apparently the in-water experience that made me a real triathlete still wasn't enough. (this was B2B so the T2 was actually an indoor convention center facility. I got to know all the stops. Happens when you're on a half course for that long.)
2012-11-23 4:53 PM
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This thread is making me feel weird, I did 2 x him this year and didn't need to pee during either. But seriously, do you Really want to pee yourself? on your bike? If your not going to win then my advice is don't fret about the minute you lose going to the toilet. The more races you do the better you will get at pre race routine. I have never needed to pee during a sprint or oly but do hit the toilet several times before the start. Sorry to go back to it but there's no way i would be happy to pee on my cervelo!
2012-11-23 5:48 PM
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Aren't those cups of water they hand out for "flushing"? One to drink and one to flush!

The wetsuit is always the best option. I scope out the course for porta-potties before a race but when you gotta go, you gotta go.

I worship the ground that Yanti pees on, listen to her!! Wink

2012-11-23 5:59 PM
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TriAya - 2012-11-23 11:48 AM

Most races have rules against indecent exposure, so make sure you check about that (and that you're well-hidden if you have to go off-course).

My guess is they wouldn't be enforced in a true emergency, but still.

Just to continue being the gross ogre, I can assure you that if one little (or big) crap were standing between me and a 17:00 IM finish, you can bet your pants I'd poop mine.

OMG!!!!  I'm laughing so hard, I'm crying! Tongue out



2012-11-23 6:51 PM
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I almost always see a porta-john in transition or just nearby. . . that's your best bet.  I don't think I've ever seen a porta-john on the run course for an oly.   On the bike course, just find a quiet area with some trees like you would on a training ride.  Unless your competing for the race win, why would you ever consider peeing your pants? 

 

2012-11-23 7:40 PM
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When I used to referee bicycle races the pre-race lines were always ridiculously long, and that was just for a bike race, w/o all the extras.  There were never enough of them.  I don't imagine the tri world is any better about it.

I laughed like crazy when one of the senior refs told me that if I saw a guy stop pedaling and fiddle with the cuff of his shorts to change lanes, in a hurry.  And then it happened during the Green Mountain Stage Race.  I've also seen entire fields agree to stop so the entire field could "take a natural" as they called it.  The first time it was a women's 3/4 race, the second was a men's 45+.  I watched one guy stop at a 7-Eleven too.

They had the rule against "public indecent exposure" too, but I never enforced it as long as the rider was trying to be discrete.

2012-11-23 7:44 PM
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Hmmm well lets see get out of the water and in transition there is a bathroom- go there- you should not have to pee for an oly or 1/2 for that matter if you do then cut back on your water intake, after bike ride guess what there are bathrooms at transition, go pee, run and guess what after the run there are bathrooms at the finish! Why this thread comes up I have no idea, cut back on your coffee and water prior to your race and you should not have to go on your bike, most people can't do it and your parts are all shrunken and not workin right anyway. Nuff said, John.
2012-11-23 7:58 PM
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pee yourself in transition, hypothetically speaking, you know, my "friend" did this, so I've "heard"
2012-11-23 8:11 PM
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2012-11-25 9:10 PM
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Pee is just let it go.
2012-11-26 7:42 AM
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If you are not going to place, just stop.  If you are fast enough to be top 3 either in OA or AG, then learn to pee on the bike, in the wetsuit, or whatever.  The less than a minute I stopped to use a porta-john during a run this year cost me a 3rd place AG finish.  Not exactly glorious, but a podium finish nonetheless.
2012-11-26 7:52 AM
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RushTogether - 2012-11-23 12:50 PM

Pee on the bike...seriously

 

While riding the bike at the same time.  It would look awfully silly having him get off the bike during the race and just pee on it.

2012-11-26 11:50 AM
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TriAya - 2012-11-23 12:48 PM

 

Just to continue being the gross ogre, I can assure you that if one little (or big) crap were standing between me and a 17:00 IM finish, you can bet your pants I'd poop mine.

 

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2012-11-26 11:53 AM
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TriAya - 2012-11-23 1:48 PM

Most races have rules against indecent exposure, so make sure you check about that (and that you're well-hidden if you have to go off-course).

My guess is they wouldn't be enforced in a true emergency, but still.

Just to continue being the gross ogre, I can assure you that if one little (or big) crap were standing between me and a 17:00 IM finish, you can bet your pants I'd poop mine.

Just another reason to bring a bucket to transition.



Edited by Left Brain 2012-11-26 11:53 AM


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In most Olympic races I have done, there are not usually portapotties on the bike course.  In those races I try to go while I am swimming and that's usually all.  Otherwise you will probably have to rely on the potties in transition.   If you're racing in a park, there might be park building options.  If you are a chronic peer (I know some people who cannot get through a whole race without going), you will definitely want to scope that out.  I think it's easier, for a shorter race, to moderate my drinking instead.

For my one half iron distance race there were potties at the water stops on the bike as well as several randomly placed potties in the run, usually near the water stops.   I am unwilling, so far anyway, to go on my bike. 

2012-11-26 1:44 PM
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A pee question indelicate? You must be new around here
2012-11-26 1:50 PM
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I love talking about pee and poop and poop and pee...  

If you're worried about peeing in your pants, just wear someone else's pants...

2012-11-26 2:30 PM
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I always have to go during the swim which make sit easy. Otherwise, always waited til race ended, including 1 Olys.

Edited by dcomiskey 2012-11-26 2:31 PM
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