I have concerns about something that happened this weekend. I am new to biking distances over 10-15 miles and am trying to train for a 170 mile, 2 day charity ride coming up in 2 weeks. This weekend I rode my longest distance yet (30 miles) then got off the bike to start doing my stretches. I stretched and then went to do some ab work. I was feeling fine. After the ab work I suddenly got extremely nauseated. I didn't vomit but felt like I could just throw up water. I didn't even have a chance to stand up from the ab routine before it hit me. The 8 minute ab DVD ended and I got sick.
I started to feel better after I ate a big dinner. Then at night I had what seemed to be heart palpitations. I couldn't get to sleep and seemed very anxious ( I do have a problem with an anxiety disorder).
Today I didn't feel well off and on. I am still anxious and having a bit of the palpitations. I should note that I did have a stress test last fall and that I am 30. I had the stress test because I was having chest pains. They found nothing and think it is just acid reflux. Actually, I had a test done for acid reflux and I have confirmation that I do have it.
But now I am completely freaked out about this big ride coming up. What did I do wrong on the 30 mile ride? I felt fine! Did I not drink enough? Too much? Too much Gatorade? I didn't finish my bottle of Gatorade on a 2 hour ride. I ate a Clif bar at the 1 hour mark and stopped to stretch. Can I just not handle the sugar in Gatorade? Was it the ab workout?
I just don't understand what happened. I am afraid I can't do this ride and I don't know what to tell the sponsors. Was this just one incident where something was off like doing the ab workout pushed me over the edge or what? I don't know if I should quit or not. I feel okay right now. Did I just overdo it? Am I overtraining? If that is the case then I am screwed. Thirty miles isn't that far for this to happen although I have read it is easy to overtrain in cycling since your legs do all the work. I have also heard other people say that they didn't feel that well when they first started riding either. I just don't know what to think and I am worried something is wrong that the doctors didn't catch.
I am so upset right now (which isn't helping matters I know). Any guidance would be appreciated.