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peeing on the bike

my time to lanzarotw IM is fast running out - under 6 weeks to go. I have been talking to various people about having a pee while on the bike. i'm not keen but many people do it apparently. has anyine done it or have any advice?


  • sfullersfuller Posts: 628
    Im not an 'Ironman', someday maybe.... but I do have an opinion on this.

    If you are going for a win, age group win, Kona qualification...... then yes, pee on the bike. if you are just completing the ironman in anytime then you would be better off stopping at the toilets/quiet wooded area (if there is any in Lanza) and peeing. Also, if you do pee on yourself, do you really want to ride covered in pee. Pee in your shorts, socks, shoes....... then finishing an ironman with a possible smell of urine! I wouldn't. Your call.
  • MGMG Posts: 470
    Peeing on the bike is fine, if you want, just make sure you pick up a spare bottle of water from an aid station to wrinse yourself off after.

  • husslerhussler Posts: 237
    I did it whilst on the bike last year at the Long Course World Champs, 120k ride so 60k short of IM, I had two!

    Heres how I did it....

    1) Roll up the leg of your Trisuit that you 'dress too'

    2) Cock your knee to one side

    3) pull open the leg of your suit and pee away

    4) Try and aim for the gap between your rear chainstays and your lower leg

    5) Once done tuck away and tidy up

    With a bit of practise in training lol you can pedal at the same time

    I then pissed myself in T2 whilst taking helmet off etc, Just wash yourself down with either a Pre-placed bottle of water in your box or from the first drinks station.

    Temperature was 29 degrees too so baking!! Didnt get any wiff of sweat/stale piss throughout then run either!!

    Ill be doing the same methods this year in the European LOng COurse champs and any Half IMs i do... Although I can usually last the entire Half IM without needing the loo.
  • EdstgEdstg Posts: 83
    thanks for the advice guys, really helpful - I think i will give it a go and figure out where i can practsie it safely.

    Conehead, i bought and read your book last year the week after i signed up for lanza. very good read and a good inspiration for any people starting out on the journey.

  • al_fordal_ford Posts: 119
    ooopps sorry...I thought this was a 'specialist' kind of bike porn forum! [image]http://forum.220magazine.com/micons/m15.gif[/image]

  • I hate you guys. Seriously. Chicks do not dig guys peeing themselves.

    To pee or not to pee.

    Exhibit 1.

    Paula Radcliffe - yeah she won...but did she really? She was reeking of pee and everyone was laughing at her.

  • EdstgEdstg Posts: 83
    is hate maybe a slightly strong word in this context. Also, may i point out that i am not doing an ironman so thats "chicks" will dig me thank you very much

    and yes paula radcliffe did really win.

  • Edstg wrote:

    is hate maybe a slightly strong word in this context. Also, may i point out that i am not doing an ironman so thats "chicks" will dig me thank you very much

    and yes paula radcliffe did really win.

    Not many guys dig it either man . . .

  • EdstgEdstg Posts: 83
    again i'm not sure i am peeing on the bike so that guys will dig me either, but if you look at the responses above it appears you hypothesis may not be entirely accurate....
  • jon_gjon_g Posts: 318
    pretty sure you'll find most people in longer races just go if they need to. they might not talk about it, or even deny it, but pretty sure they all do it. i saw loads of people doing it during ironman last year. i was even cycling behind a lady on the very very long and extremely fast (i hit 60 kph) and she had a long flume of spray coming off behind her. lucky i wasnt in the firing line!
  • Seriously guys. gross. If anyone peed on my i swear they better be going fast. What is the great aversion to stopping and peeing?
  • EdstgEdstg Posts: 83
    i know of people who have missed hawaii slots by 20 or 30 seconds. you do the math!
  • pee in a bottle?
  • MGMG Posts: 470
    OK mate, you pee in a bottle on your bike and we'll visit you in hospital after you stack it............errr actually I dont know you so I probably wont.
  • man i cant believe you guys pee yourself...
  • jon_gjon_g Posts: 318
    take it you've never done a long distance race?

    actually, i'm even more surprised you havent asked for pictures yet.....
  • Jelly legsJelly legs Posts: 278
    Its only wee, it aint guna hurt you.

    Mate spray away my friend, just do it in your shorts after 10 minutes in the sun will be dry anyway.
  • Do people do that in the olympic distance tris?
  • Jelly legsJelly legs Posts: 278
    Alot of men do it when pissed, not me obviously because i dont drink.

    I'm a dedicated triathlete.
  • JessterJesster Posts: 482
    Bursting(excuse the pun) in here on this boys conversation, may i add a female/personal point of view.

    If youre racing, and you have a chance of doing well...wee away boys!(and girls!)

    If you've no chance of doing well and you are slow and dribbling your way along, save some dignity....please for god's sake just pull up and wee in a bush or something!

    It is only wee, i shall probably wee in my wetsuit before my swims this year. I'll count it as a warm up and hope the suit flushes ok by the time i get out....
  • ShaggyShaggy Posts: 140
    Cut the sides off a pampers/huggy. In T1 you could shove it inside your shorts. Then when you pee it'll soak it up and give you valuable gel type cushioning in the later stages of the bike.

    Alternitively try a catheter. You could run the tube down the inside of your leg and out the bottom of your shoe. Maybe that's what the holes in the sole are for! Then the urine will dribble out unobtrusively. Don't know if your bladder will fill up on the swim though.

  • ipay1980ipay1980 Posts: 84
    brilliant question, i have been pondering this exact question. in my first ironman, stopped 6 times for a pee......did not want to risk dehydration!

    now i am tyring to master peeing on the bike, but not in the shorts, but rather rolling up the leg!

    only problem is that the last two times i have tried, just as getting it out, cars come the other way!!! so pick your spot!

    i have not yet mastered it but am going to keep trying!
  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    Jesster wrote:

    It is only wee, i shall probably wee in my wetsuit before my swims this year. I'll count it as a warm up and hope the suit flushes ok by the time i get out....

    It certainly does warm the suit up,its almost perverse.It flushes out with the swim,and it is easy to spot the ones doing as they tred water before the start with their quirky smiles on their faces.
  • Yup. I wont be approaching anyone with a smiley face now :|

    Goddamn guys...come on...got to be someone in the not urinating self camp ?

  • bennybenny Posts: 1,314
    Nope, you are on your own.

    Pee at your own will, let it go. Bad things happen otherwise: http://forum.220magazine.com/tm.asp?m=34671
  • i may just still be on a runners high but i havent laughed this much in ages!! haha!! i mean honestly where else would you find grown men and women discssing not only if peeing yourself is a good idea but also how best to do it!! thats pure gold (no pun intended).

    personally i dont think id be going for a win just yet so id be more likely in an ironman to get off and go, but i also can see why people would go ahead and do it!! and i dont think that if it was between me and one other person id let such a thing as bodily finctions get in the way!! but thats because we're triathlonites and are totally dedicated to the cause!! [:)]

    man i love triathlon. x
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