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Old 07-04-12, 08:44 PM   #1
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Friend bonked today

Went for a nice ride today - 40 miles with 2,800' of elevation gain. It's a ride that I've been wanting to do for quite a while.

http://app.strava.com/rides/12521510 (missing several miles of data - my fault for pausing the Garmin)
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1358670 (actual route)

Right about when we get next to Calaveras Reservoir, my riding partner bonked. He started cramping really bad in his right hamstrings & quads, decided to walk for a few miles, but after a while, he just couldn't go any further. After walking for an hour and 15 minutes, he asked me to finish the ride, get the car, and pick him up (no mobile service until you get to the other side of the hills). 30 minute ride home, 15 minute drive back.
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That doesn't sound like a bonk, it sounds like cramp. Bonking is the collapse of energy levels because of the depletion of glycogen stores.
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That is a nice area, I like to ride through Calveras. But if you friend was having a bad day the road by the Res. is up and down so there is no place to recover. Plus in the afternoon it was getting warm.
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Sounds like you had good ride. Sucks for your friend though. There has been MANY times when I wish my buddies would have gotten the truck and came pick me up!
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That doesn't sound like a bonk, it sounds like cramp. Bonking is the collapse of energy levels because of the depletion of glycogen stores.
Sorry if I wasn't clear. The cramping was just the beginning. An hour or so later of walking up the hill, he was completely drained of energy and couldn't go any further. The cramping isn't what stopped him in his tracks. It's what stopped him from riding.
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Electrolyte issues...hammer endurolytes are your friend
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He brought a banana, some mixed nuts, and a couple of vitamin waters, in addition to 2 bottles of water, but it didn't seem to help...or at least, it didn't help for long. He's not used to sustained hill climbs. Short, steep ones (10% grade for 0.5 mile, for instance), he can do. The long climb on this ride is more like 4% for 3 miles, followed by rollers for 7 miles.

My garmin data said the temps were getting close to 100, which I'm sure played a part in it.
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Well ... you silly bunny, You made your bud hit the big hill near the end of the route. Next time, try going counter-clockwise and get the big hill out of the way at the beginning of the ride when you're still fresh.
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Well ... you silly bunny, You made your bud hit the big hill near the end of the route. Next time, try going counter-clockwise and get the big hill out of the way at the beginning of the ride when you're still fresh.
I knew for certain that he wouldn't have made it up Calaveras going the opposite direction - much, much steeper.

We did 2 back-to-back metric centuries together last year on Hwy 1...Half Moon Bay to Carmel with an overnight stop in Santa Cruz. The first day was very hilly - we took Stage Rd. into Pescadero. No problems on that ride other than broken spokes, chain, and other mechanical issues...but it was probably 30-40 cooler, too.
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My garmin data said the temps were getting close to 100, which I'm sure played a part in it.
I know i have been having a hard time with the humdity and heat, my tuesday ride i limped home and luckily had a tailwind as if it were a head wind i would have cried and limped home at 8mph.

I start out good in the humidity but start dying at the halfway point, i weigh myself when i get back as i thought i wasnt hydrating enough. but good with hydration. food is the same. i can only chalk it up to the heat and humidity.
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He brought a banana, some mixed nuts, and a couple of vitamin waters, in addition to 2 bottles of water, but it didn't seem to help...or at least, it didn't help for long. He's not used to sustained hill climbs. Short, steep ones (10% grade for 0.5 mile, for instance), he can do. The long climb on this ride is more like 4% for 3 miles, followed by rollers for 7 miles.

My garmin data said the temps were getting close to 100, which I'm sure played a part in it.
None of that has any significant electrolyte in it..
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