A Rookie Mistake

I committed a rookie mistake yesterday.  I’ve had my fair share of bonking in the past but never to this level.  As one of my 2013 goals, I completed back-to-back spin classes last night.  I don’t usually bring electrolytes or energy bars for spinning, strictly reserving them for cycling.  IMG-20130228-00698Let’s face it, they are convenient but not the most cost-friendly.  However, I knew they were necessary for a 2h15min ride & arrived prepared, consuming an energy bar before each ride with Nuun tablets in my water at all times.  At 1hr45min, I suddenly hit the wall.  It’s truly a bizarre feeling when the body is solely running on water & electrolytes without any “substance”.  The last 0.5hr was definitely not my glory moment.  Walking to the train station afterwards, I desperately consumed 2 apples (which didn’t help) to alleviate the light-headedness, eye droopiness, shortness of breath ….  Ok ok, I’ll save the icky details for myself.  Long story short, I was in dire need of protein, meat, fat, ANYTHING!!  It wasn’t until 10:30pm when I had my dinner, followed by a quick shower and crashing on my bed.  Woke up suddenly at 2am with the same light-headedness, freaked myself out & went back to sleep.

This morning was better but still a bit off.  Everything I ate either got immediately metabolized or didn’t settle properly.  It’s been a “non-stop eating” day with protein, oats, & LOTS of water.  I whipped up some black bean burgers and homemade mango sorbet topped with greek yogurt & homemade chocolate pudding.  I’m almost feeling normal now! Phew!

Speaking of sorbets, I’ve been on a fruit craze lately with various sorbets topped with apple crumble, mix-ins, & greek yogurt.  All homemade, except yogurt.  I haven’t eaten ice cream in a while!

I like learning but seem to always do so the hard way.  I’m going to take fuel more seriously next time!

What food do you bring for late night workouts? Snacks? An on-the-go dinner?

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20 thoughts on “A Rookie Mistake

  1. Amazing cherry! The food that is….I’m hoping that you focus on nutrition as part of your training regimen or regime or whatever. Also, could you start captioning your food photos with ingredients? I’d love to start making some of these!

  2. You’ll either laugh or find this disturbing… Every other Tuesday in-season I ride with the local advanced guys – 32 miles upwards of 22-23 mph average and we’ll get going up to 28 for mile or two stretches – in other words, we ride pretty hard. Afterwards I always head to Burger King. I get a Whopper combo and a Classic Chicken Sammich combo and eat ‘em both. Only way I can keep my weight up.

    Getting the energy bars at the grocery store helps, usually a buck a piece. I also use the Gatorade Prime, juice or chews, 15 minutes before heavy efforts. During, jelly belly energy beans with caffeine are excellent.

    • Not disturbing at all!! I tend to not have as much fueling issues when riding on the road because I tend to over-stuff my pockets with energy bars, gels, & chews like Shot Bloks. Then post-ride would typically be a BBQ with burgers. But for some reason, I can’t seem to apply the same logic when I train indoors because I prefer real food or am obligated to wait until I get home for dinner etc.

      • Oops. ;) In that case, your bonk will be a good thing – chances are, when you plan on another long ride, you’ll remember that bonk. It’s all good. ;)

  3. Sorry to hear about the bonking! David has trouble bonking a lot; maybe I don’t because I love to eat :) I eat a lot of Clif bars before/during biking because they’re cheap (~$1) and have pretty good ingredients. Also rice krispie treats are bonk savers- quick carbs & sugar – and I buy them in bulk at Costco. Quaker oat bars are quick, cheap 100 cal snacks too.

    Hope you liked the bean burgers! The crumble looks yummy – on my list to try!

  4. Sorry about your bonk. I’ve had a number of experiences where I was under-fueled, but only one when I truly bonked. Sounds similar to what happened with you. I went from riding normal, to being absolutely and completely out of gas, nothing in the tank and just feeling miserable. It was no fun whatsoever and I’ve been careful to fuel as much as possible.

    • Yes, it’s so crazy how it literally hits you suddenly!! I think you’re right, under-fueling is a better term. Bonking which I’ve now realized from last Friday is a whole lot different!

  5. I bonked at the Tour de Grand last year with 10km to go. Then I got so paranoid that I totally overate for the next couple of centuries/races. And, just when I thought I had figured it out I ended up bonking on a couple of 35km training rides. I assume that it’s different for everyone, but I’m finding the nutrition/fuel issue is more complicated than I had anticipated.
    I thought about going low carb (very interesting approach)… but let’s face it, that’s not going to happen for me… I love to eat too much : )

    • Low carb is hard especially when you do hard cardio! You need them, plus they are delicious. I sometimes simply get caught up in the moment when riding & don’t realize I’m hungry until it’s too late. Your 35km training rides must be intense if you bonked within such short distances!

  6. I bonked on a 80km ride in extreme heat a few weeks ago and have been non stop increasing intake of nuuns water suplements and good nutrition. but am still getting light headed with any exercise. just wondering anyone else has experienced this.

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