I’ve had some problems with my gut in the past couple years, mostly stomach cramps in races, but it’s always been a bit of a mystery as to what causes it. Some days it’s totally fine and other times it can turn a great race into a disaster. I’ve experimented with a few different energy drinks and recorded food logs leading up to races but I’ve never been able to pinpoint it. I’ve always wondered whether I had any food allergies or sensitivities that could be causing the problems so Dr. Keeler (Tri Can doc) got me an appointment to see an allergy specialist here in Vancouver.
My appointment was last Thursday. They did the standard “scratch test” for 32 environmental agents and the 12 common food allergens. All tests came up negative, which I anticipated, so that was good. The skin test is primarily used to detect severe, “throat closing up” type allergies which I knew I didn’t have going in since I’ve eaten all the foods they tested for and have never had a serious reaction. But the doctor said since the test isn’t always reliable and doesn’t include specific things like gluten, he suggested I get some blood work done to check for any intolerances/sensitivities I might have – which is the main reason why I went in. I should get the results back sometime this week.