I headed out today for a nice 140+ KM cycle. Took a little time, to get my engine fired up and didn't think that much of it - the winner bar seemed to help and I also had a few swigs from a bottle of powerade.
About 100-110 KMs into the cycle I just felt flat - had a winners Gel and pushed on. The last 30 or 40 kms on this ride was mainly flat and I should have been sitting somewhere between 28-35 KM/H. I couldn't seem to get much over 22 KM/H (constantly dropping to under 20 KM/H :( ) and the virtual rider on my Garmin Edge disappeared on me (or maybe it was I changed screens after realising i'd dropped way behind some 20+ minutes).
It could of just been an off day, or not enough cycling the last couple of weeks. But I did a great 105 KM cycle the day before but hadn't been out during the week.
There was a bit of head wind on that last 40 KMs and the temperature was rising, but that last 40 KMs was the slowest I reckon I've ever done that stretch. All that was going through my mind is that I hadn't eaten many carbs the night before and I must be bonked?
When have you had the bonk? What signs did you have? (no I didn't fall off my bike)
I hardly ever stop to pee on a ride - even in winter.
Have been relaxing too much over the last couple of weeks. But you are correct, should check my resting heart rate more often. Last time I did it, back in June last year it was 56 BPM.
If you don't pee then you are probably more under-hydrated heading for dehydration. A headache means you are already dehydrated, and if you are seeing stars, lie down and call an ambulance.
Within reason you probably can't eat too much - over a similar distance on the MCCT I ate 3 chewy bars, 1 packet of chewy gels, 3 bananas, some other stuff at the food stops, 2 big bidons of Gatorade, 2 bidons of water, had to stop for 2 pees, and felt like I was flying coming into Strath.
Resting pulse sitting at the computer now - 62. Probably low-mid 50s lying down. But running out the door late this morning it was 102 trying to get to the Dog's Bollards TT!
On the MCCT, I went through heaps of bidons. Consumed a lot of fluid as well at Strath and rode home. Don't think I had a pee until I got home. On other rides, have also consumed heaps of fluid and done the same.
Mind you I make sure my bladder is empty before I leave, so I'm lighter on the way to the bollards :)
Were you wearing your cycling clothes under your jeans at work again?
Was that incident related to your veins or something else?
Maybe when your on a mtb trail and you get overtaken by a person who's wearing thongs on spd pedals.
I have had the "man flu" (the one that is twice as bad as the one that girls get ;)) for the last week or so.
Had intended doing Norton yesterday (did it a few times on an old Raleigh many moons ago when I was young and fit) but knew early last week that I wouldn't be up to it.
Started holidays too yesterday and had all these great plans of riding every day etc.
Haven't ridden for over a week so I thought I would go from Brighton to McLaren Vale for a nice cruise this arvo.
Headed off via Hallett Cove, felt ok, the last hill on Cove road approaching Lonsdale road seemed harder than normal, I though I was getting a flat tyre initially.
Continued on and was approaching Seaford when everything seemed to give up, not tired or hurting, just no energy.
I stopped for a while and decided to head back home the same way. It felt like I had two half flat tyres all the way home.
Might try doing Outer Harbour tomorrow to see how I go as riding it on Thursday night was part of the original plan.
The last time I felt like that was probably back in the 80's when I used to ride motorcycle enduros and the arms and shoulders would turn to mush near the end a long day.
I believe I am in the unusual situation of being a virgin who has had the bonk :)