So, I had a race a few weeks ago and was in my opinion really prepared for it( half IM). I read somewhere( can not remember where) that one has to hydrate a few days ahead of the race and not only the day before, and so I did, YES I did. I drank about 1.5 gallons of water a day for 3 days. I drove back to ATL from Baltimore and had to stop about every half hour to pee!
Come race day, the temp was abnormal low for Macon,GA(55 and high was 88), so I don't think it was that. I ate the same the night before and breakfast. The swim went fine, t1 was good and off for 56miles. Not even 10 miles in and the leg cramping started. Went on for the whole bike leg. At times was ok, but still niggling. After the poor bike, and through t2, the run starts. Not even 300 yards I could feel this is not good. At mile two servere cramping started, so much that both legs stiffened up. After a couple of minutes I shuffle along at snails pace. Finally at mile 6 I throw the towel in and could not take it any more. DNF! The first ever!
Seeing that it was a B/C race, I was not too upset about it(well a bit! Nobody wants a DNF on their resume!) and also did not want to injure myself for IMAZ at end of year. So, here is my question - can one over hydrate before a race? Or could it have been something else?