Blood donation vs race./training
Is it not recommended to give blood during training season or one week before race? What's the mimimum time before?
Dunno. Ask Team Astana
As fair exchange is no robbery I think Vino is vindicated as he just replaced it,yeh right.
But seriously it will depend on what percentage of blood you donated,the average body may carry 8 pints so a smaller person may donate a larger percentage than a big bloater like myself.I am sure a medical person will provide research to show the exact time but maybe this is a question to ask on the 'any ideas' thread.
The blood volume is replaced very quickly but it takes several weeks to replace all of the red blood cells. I would expect to see your body's ability to move oxygen slightly reduced for at least a week so probably not a good idea immediately before competition.
I did an all terrain running event which consisted of 7 runs in as many days after blood donation and I suffered! I wouldn't recommend it. It took me ages to get my fitness back. But I am only talking from my experience. Get medical advice. I've delayed my next donation until after my next tri and my holiday!I don't want to go thru that again. [:o]