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Hit the wallfirstrax
Jun 5, 2002 10:12 AM
Yesterday was like every other day. I left work a little early to ride. I have 5 regular routes, all about 2 hours. 15 minutes into my ride I noticed I was a little slower than normal, it felt like my tires were going flat. I checked and they were fine. At 25 minutes my leggs felt weak and I was a little shakey. I stopped had some water and after about 5 minutes decided to head home. The best way to describe how I felt was the feeling I had when on the last mile of my first century. Completely drained. But it only took 25 minutes.
What happened to me? I am not sick, I ate well the day before, got plenty of sleep. I ride this or similar routes everyday without problem.
Today I feel fine. I realize some days are better than others but this was total weakness in only 25 minutes.
BTW. The ride home took 40 minutes. I fell asleep on the couch around 7 pm and woke up late for work at 8:45.
re: Hit the wallsdm
Jun 5, 2002 11:25 AM
It could be alot of things or combination of things. Stress and anxiety can be a factor - environmental physical and psychological. Rate on scale of one to five how you feel in those areas before you ride. Assess your overall condition and step up or down your training accordingly. You could be getting sick (say mild 24hr flu). I have read that monitoring your waking heart rate can alert you to this. You will find a pattern a a particular level. If you find your waking heart rate above the normal, it could mean stress or sickness - consider resting or recovery type training at the most. Dehydration and nutrition can also be a factor. If the condition continues, see your doctor. Good luck.
re: Hit the wallrwbadley
Jun 5, 2002 11:32 AM
I felt the same about three months ago, turned out I was coming down with a virus. Darned thing lasted for six weeks, and I still cough up lung butter.

I'm hoping you won't get that one!

RW
re: Hit the wallallezrider
Jun 5, 2002 1:16 PM
this was my first day back after three weeks of sickness. Still have some in my lungs too....good to know I will continue to have this s!@# in my lungs for a few more weeks

e
re: Hit the wallkomatiite
Jun 5, 2002 1:18 PM
i am feeling the same way, though its all week this time.
finals week and lack of sleep dont help out a bit.

looks like the thurs group ride i usually go on isnt
happening, else i would probably literally hit the
wall from lack of focus, and sleep.........

cheers,
alex.
re: Hit the wallBacco
Jun 5, 2002 3:30 PM
Funny, I was going to do a similar post. I notice that on "off days" my heart rate will race up to 30-40 bpm higher than normal even when doing light pedalling. I feel totally wiped out for no apparent reason. I am thinking it's either some underlying recurrent viral infection or maybe a heart-related problem. I have never experience heart pain, but just the sensation that my heart is fluttering. I think I will check with my doctor to see what he thinks. It's very annoying. Anything that gets in the way of biking is annoying!
re: What about glandular fever?cyclejim
Jun 6, 2002 6:06 AM
I remember reading either VeloNews or Procycling last year and it seemed like there was a rash of glandular fever among pro cyclists. I thought it was very strange, in particular because I had never really even heard of this malady and it seemed like all these great pros in the best of shape were coming down with it!
Some thoughts...Slowclimber
Jun 5, 2002 4:16 PM
First it could be a bug of some sort that you have caught and it just hasn't effected you yet. If you feel bad later today or tomorrow you know the source.

Second it could have been a bad day. We all have them from time to time and they suck when they hit.

Third it could be that you are suffering from overtraining. This sounds like the most plausible idea from what you describe. Your body sounds like it's telling you "Take a break".

What is your training schedule like? If you are doing 2 hour and 15 minute rides every day you might be pushing your self to hard for your current shape.

Anyway just a thought.
re: Hit the wallrideslikeagirl
Jun 6, 2002 7:24 AM
I'd have to vote for either overtraining or your body was fighting off a bug.

You gotta listen to your bod. It usually knows what's best for you before your ol' noggin does.

I've had similar experiences and they suck. But, there's not much you can do about it. And if it's not a recurring thing, it's not much to worry about either.

Be well-