rstreet 
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Re: “Anyone else cough up blood in Medical Lake?

I participated in the ML triathlon as well. I did not have that experience. I have to tell you though that it happened to me exactly as you explained it when I did the Radiant Lake Sprint. I had just got a new full sleeve suit and after about 300 meters I had to flip over and all I could think was the suit was compressing my lungs. It took me forever to get out of the water; it was a 1/2 mile swim. When I got out I could not stop coughing and bright red blood was coming up. It continued through the rest of the race and for the next day or so. I went to my doctor, lung x-rays were clear, went to a pulmonologist and they did a bronchoscope and all was clear again, except the doctor found some lesions on my esophagus. The ENT said it was all a result of using flownaise (spelling) compounded by an overuse of caffeine (diet mt dew). He said I needed to get off caffeinated soda and that in two months it should be better. Completely reversible is what he said. I completed the ML Triathlon and have done two other practice triathlons in addition to my regular training. I swim three days a week, bike about 60 miles a week and run. I have felt much better off the soda. Oh yeah, I did the CDA 1/2 marathon a week before the Radiant Lake triathlon and I coughed up blood then too. If you are taking anything that dries out your throat (like flownaise did to me) the heavy breathing you do in an event can be harsh on the throat. I would be happy to share more if you desire, if so, email me and I will share my phone number.

Posted by rstreet on 08/06/2010 at 1:10 PM

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