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Old 07-09-06, 03:52 AM
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Hi PanzerGirl!

I'll take a try at this, but don't bet money on my answer...

"Bonking" is when your body has exhausted all available carbohydrate energy. Bonking typically happens suddenly, leaving you feeling utterly exhausted. Your body can't keep supplying your muscles, so no matter how hard you "will the body to go," you just can't continue (except at maybe a radically reduced pace). Obviously, I don't know the scientific explanation for bonking, but I've certainly experienced it.

If I understand correctly, the potential for bonking is why racers tend to carry carbohydrate-enriched drinks and "power bars" on their rides.

Now that you've had the "layman's explanation," I'll let wiser souls than I give the details (and correct any of my misconceptions).
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