... aka dropping the kids off at the pool.
... aka taking a conference call.
... aka laying cable.
... aka taking a dump.
In other words, and I'm serious here, I don't want to get into a shit talking thread but I really want to talk about taking a dump.
More specifically: do you have any tried & true methods for ensuring you've taken a full sitting's worth on the toilet before heading out for a (rather long) ride?
A little background:
-When I was young (like, really young, in my teens) I used to run cross country. Getting up at 04:00 to do a 15 mile training run that started at 05:30 was reasonable. Wake up, gather homework and prep school bag for the day, breakfast, do a number 2, dress for the run, run with backpack to school, run with team, change in gym, school, race after school. It was a guaranteed clockwork, and I sort of took it for granted.
-In recent years, post grad-school (the decades are adding up), the machinery was still working fairly clockwork-like. Wake up at 5, breakfast/shower/dump/prep, ride at 6:15 or so. Easy, not even something that I would question.
Then, this year, things have been frustrating on occasion. I'll try - literally, try by sitting on the toilet, maybe try running some water in the faucet, drink some coffee or chew something like toast - to trick the system into flushing it all out. But no, barely anything... and then, I keep going through the routine: change/prep/get out the door and start the ride... and 20 minutes in I'm seeking refuge in the nearest toilet and doing what should have been done before I left the house. Thing is though, this isn't happening all the time. Maybe 1 time out of 7 or 8 morning rides. That still isn't too bad or annoying, but the lack of consistency is frustrating me. Really frustrating. This is especially the case as lately I've been starting timed rides at 5 or 6 and I'll be out there for at least 10-12 hours, or maybe more if I'm taking it easy, on routes that hover around 200mi and have me in very remote locations with few facilities. So, really, all I want is consistency.
Any tips/tricks to solving this dilemma of inconsistency in the rate of digestive processing? Maybe some things I should be paying attention to that I'm overlooking?
Yes, I'm being a bit frank and direct on this subject, and not embarrassed at all to talk about it. Afterall, everyone poops
. It isn't something we talk about often, but it's certainly part of the 'training and health' aspect of what we do. I figure that at least if I put this out there and open the question up, some folks here can offer some insights or suggestions on how to solve this dilemma.
Seriously though: thanks, I want this shit solved.
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