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What happened on today's ride?(8 posts)

What happened on today's ride?filtersweep
Aug 21, 2003 7:01 PM
I had about a 30 mile club ride... I'll make a long story short, but three of us were on our own for most of the windy, hilly, urban ride- so we all were stuck doing a lot of pulling. I wasn't feeling the greatest before the ride, but it was nothing extreme.

One of the guys I was with had a commitment, so he was rushing things the entire route. He cut off about seven miles before the end, leaving the two of us.

Anyway, when we finished, I was completely head rush dizzy- and a bit nauseous... something that never happens to me. I felt like I could barely stand up. My heart rate was at only 70%. I felt like an anti-social heel just standing there off to the side for several minutes as the rest of the group started to trickle in. I had a nasty headache as the dizziness started to clear up. It wasn't particularly hot today, and I drank a normal amount of water and lo-tech gatorade- but I simply did not feel well.

Any ideas what causes this sort of thing? I've blown up before, but that has always been a heart rate issue... this was something completely new and different.
re: I'm no doctor--Maybe blood pressure changing? -nm-tmotz
Aug 21, 2003 9:40 PM
Could be the dreaded bonk (blood sugar drop)OffTheBack
Aug 22, 2003 3:11 AM
Had you eaten normally before the ride?
(blood sugar drop)filtersweep
Aug 22, 2003 4:42 AM
I ate like a bird- (not normal for me) -because it was BBQ Thurs at work. I wasn't about to eat pre-formed burgers held together by some "food adhesive" -nor brats glistening with fat. I opted for a few god-awful "veggie burgers." I'm not a vegetarian, nor am I overly concerned with what I eat- but super-greasy food makes me feel ill.

I did pop a few Clif gels- but those are 100 cal each, and I probably burned at least ten times that.

Overall- the food issue was the one variable that was very out of line with a normal day... something to definitely consider.
I'm no doctor, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last nightPaulCL
Aug 22, 2003 5:51 AM
Seriously....you were hypotensive. You blood pressure probably dropped like a stone.

Was it very hot?
Very humid??
Are you sure you drank enough??
Did you overexert yourself??

I am not an MD and my MD wife is out of town, so I have to rely on my own very limited knowledge. My guess is that you were dehydrated before the ride then couldn't take in enough to balance your burn rate. Drink more, drink alot before a ride if its' going to be hot. If it happens again, go see an MD. OK...my armchair medical intruction is over. Where is Netso these days??? He's an MD.
I'm no doctor, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last nightfiltersweep
Aug 22, 2003 7:00 AM
It wasn't too hot or humid- actually it was a bit cool. I was hydrated before the ride and drank the normal amount during the ride. Subjectively I may have overexerted myself relative to how I felt, but my HRM data was relatively normal to very mildly higher (avg over 2.5 hours which includes riding to the start was about 80% of MHR which is usually no big deal).

Regarding food- I have ridden many weekend morning rides where I've eaten almost nothing before the start... maybe I'm just getting run down. I haven't really been looking forward to riding much lately.
overtraining, perhaps?PaulCL
Aug 22, 2003 7:54 AM
If you were run down, not looking forward to riding, etc...sounds like its time for a break from the bike for a while.

Maybe you have some virus running around in your bloodstream that's sucking away your energy. I've been there. The week before I left for a Colorado cycling trip in June, I got some low grade viral infection. I was just run down, couldn't nor wouldn't ride, didn't sleep well, etc... When I did finally ride, I was totally spent after a relatively casual 50 miler. It really sucked looking forward for months to the Colorado mountains only to get there while sick. The first couple of days were painful.

Just take a few days off. Good luck. Dr. Paul
Vacation coming upfiltersweep
Aug 22, 2003 9:04 AM
I've been cramming as much riding as possible in... school is starting up (not a good sign), summer is OVER and I'm freaking out. I hate Minnesota winters. Panic is setting in... well, you get the idea...