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hitting the wall!!!(8 posts)

hitting the wall!!!zero1
Oct 22, 2001 3:47 AM
i was riding sat. here in middle georgia when it happened...the weather was absolutely beautiful and i felt great until about 30 miles and that is when it legs and body just died...i really did not think i was going to make it back..i finished the 44 miles but it really hurt...i have hit the wall while running marathons but never riding my bike...just wonder how many of you have a story about hitting the wall..
re: hitting the wall!!!morey
Oct 22, 2001 3:55 AM
I have had this same experience many times. It usually hits when you least expect it. Wind, has a habit of bringing this on for me!!!!!
re: hitting the wall!!!McAndrus
Oct 22, 2001 4:14 AM
It's difficult to get to the cause without more information on road conditions and your riding condition. 30 miles for a bonk is kind of short.

I've bonked myself many times and if you're a runner than I probably can't lend any advice you don't already know. I've bonked more times than I can remember and in every case it was either a hunger knot (food bonk) or dehydration.

The easiest solution is to get off of the bike and replenish whichever source is the problem. I've found that I can resume riding after about 20 minutes of refueling.
re: hitting the wall!!!morey
Oct 22, 2001 4:19 AM
Most times that I have Bonked has been related to food. This happens a lot if you ride early in the morning without eating!
I agree..John-d
Oct 22, 2001 4:33 AM
skip breakfast and hit the wall.

I take the power bar and a drink even on the shortest of early rides. In fact I take them on all rides and I don't bring them back.
After giving bloodthe_gormandizer
Oct 22, 2001 5:59 AM
A few weeks ago I donated blood at Friday lunchtime. I avoided strenuous exercise for the rest of the day. Saturday morning we breakfasted on a our homemade low-fat, whole-wheat & oat flour pancakes.Allowing the food to settle for about an hour we set off for a moderately challenging 50 mile ride.

The first 10-15 miles has some long climbs and I completely bonked at after about 14 miles. We were climbing a hill. My wife passed me looking like Lance while I felt like Ulrich on Alp d'Huez. She was a mile ahead before she realized I was lying on the side of the road, feeling faint.

Apart from giving blood, I had just recovered from a bad cold, and had only done about 2 easy rides since having the cold. I'm pretty sure it was due to giving blood, even though I'd read on this board that others get back on the bike the same day after giving blood! I'll never try that again.
re: hitting the wall!!!cioccman
Oct 22, 2001 6:23 AM
Person above got it right. Almost always is food related. Yep, 30 is very short for a *pop* or *bonk*. Typically for me at 60+ with virtually no breakfast and one Access bar. I can *bank* on it. No amount of fluids will do the trick.
re: Food is the way to the other side of the wall. nmdzrider
Oct 22, 2001 6:29 AM