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Old 08-27-15, 08:30 PM
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So i think i finally did it!

After a couple of nights of less than 6 hrs sleep and leaving for my morning ride with only a glass of water for breakfast I set out. The mups were crowded but I joined up with another cyclist who was going about my pace so I just followed her(she did not know I was following). She took me to a part of the trail that I had not ridden before. There was some hills and twisty bits and the next thing I know I was at 14 miles ridden so that meant at least 28 miles if I went straight home. My longest ride so far this summer has been around 20 miles. So I stop and get off of the bike drink some of my water and start feeling sick/ very tired and weak. I sit down and pull out the cellphone and considered calling for a pick up. A couple of minutes go by and I am now laying down and] feeling awful. I keep drinking water and after lying down in the shade for around 15 min I start to feel a little better. I get back on the bike and start making my way home. The bike feels really heavy and I pull over to see if I have a flat or if my disk brakes are dragging but everything checks out fine. I slowly make it to a water rest stop about 10 miles from home and fill up my water bottle and sit on a bench in the shade for about 5minutes and continue on home stopping again about 5 miles from home but by then I new I could make it and was feeling better. Did I Bonk?
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I think you dehydrated or maybe start of heat exhaustion?

I thought 'bonking' was running out of glycogen and the only way to 'un-bonk' is to eat ..

I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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Water is hydration but not fuel. Next time, try eating before or during your ride.
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Originally Posted by whitehare
...... I joined up with another cyclist who was going about my pace so I just followed her(she did not know I was following). She took me to a part of the trail that I had not ridden before.....
I thought this was a fantasy story.
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Originally Posted by trailangel
I thought this was a fantasy story.
It reminded me of the old Penthouse Forum articles.
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Old 08-27-15, 09:14 PM
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14mi isn't far enough to bonk, unless she was on a TT bike and you were trying to draft that cute butt at 20 mph +

(don't ask how I know that)

Hangover, Dehydration or general low aerobic conditioning.
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Yoga Pants?
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Also, please don't draft other riders without announcing yourself.
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I have had that on my daily commute where I think I have a flat tire or a rubbing brake pad but it turns out to just be me.
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Originally Posted by whitehare
The mups were crowded but I joined up with another cyclist who was going about my pace so I just followed her(she did not know I was following).
Never do that again. That is just really creepy.



Did you just have water from the time you woke up in the morning until you finished the ride? No food at all? If so, then yes, you probably did bonk.
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Originally Posted by whitehare
.... so I just followed her(she did not know I was following). ....
Isn't that called stalking?
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Isn't that called stalking?
Yeah ... and she probably did know he was there and was hoping he'd go away.
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Originally Posted by Machka
Yeah ... and she probably did know he was there and was hoping he'd go away.
Actually I was being facetious. But, yes, while pacing of her might have been OK on a single continuous track, it might have crossed the line if he did that through more than a turn or two. After a while, "just happened to be going the same way" morphs into stalking.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Actually I was being facetious. But, yes, while pacing of her might have been OK on a single continuous track, it might have crossed the line if he did that through more than a turn or two. After a while, "just happened to be going the same way" morphs into stalking.
Yes ... I don't mind if someone rides behind me for a little way. On our local cycleway, that's going to happen at some point. But if the person lodges themselves back there for kilometre after kilometre, I start wondering what's up and considering evasive action.
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Originally Posted by whitehare
After a couple of nights of less than 6 hrs sleep and leaving for my morning ride with only a glass of water for breakfast I set out.............. Did I Bonk?
Never-ever head out without fueling up and hydrating. No telling what you might get yourself involved in during the day, so it's best to have a full tank, just like heading out in the car for a journey. Also, bring along something to eat during the ride, again you never know!

Bonking is the result of not properly fueling/hydrating during the activity after having adequately prepared oneself before starting.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Also, please don't draft other riders without announcing yourself.
He's apparently in my area - I'm guessing this happened on Mt. Vernon Trail or WO&D, the two most popular MUPs in No. VA. I sometimes come across a random cyclist that I follow a bit for a while because that cyclist is going at a certain speed that I know I'll have to pedal with a bit more effort than I care to expend at the time, due to wanting to take a break. Maybe that's what he meant - maybe not.

I thought though that it's only considered "drafting" if my front wheel is within a couple of feet of the other cyclist's rear wheel. My coworker drafted me last week because he knew I couldn't keep up with him, so he let me set the pace. Also, he'd been training with a racing team and wanted to give his legs a rest, since he commutes every day, unlike a part-timer like me.

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Old 08-28-15, 08:31 AM
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Yes, Mr. Vernon trail on a Saturday morning. I was following about 5 meters behind and with all the walkers, baby strollers, picture takers that I thought it best to just pass the slower people when she did.
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BTW, I actually don't eat before I commute to work (12-13 miles) either. I just eat after I shower at the workplace. Later, have lunch as usual. Then ride home.

I've been joining group rides on occasion. I do eat a Clif bar or something like that before heading out, because the post-ride hang (at a restaurant or whatever) is usually after 1-2 hours of riding.
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Errrr, why didn't you eat something before you set out? You certainly could have bonked if you went on a long ride with no breakfast and only water. Some advice: Eat before you ride or at least carry a granola or energy bar or banana with you.
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Originally Posted by Machka
Yes ... I don't mind if someone rides behind me for a little way. On our local cycleway, that's going to happen at some point. But if the person lodges themselves back there for kilometre after kilometre, I start wondering what's up and considering evasive action.
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).... She took me to a part of the trail that I had not ridden before. ...
It does look as if she knew he was following. That's why she took him somewhere strange and tired him out.
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Originally Posted by whitehare
Yes, Mr. Vernon trail on a Saturday morning. I was following about 5 meters behind and with all the walkers, baby strollers, picture takers that I thought it best to just pass the slower people when she did.
5 meters is too far to get any draft but close enough to seem creepy and stalkerish. Maybe next time either pull through or sit up and let a gap grow.

Anyway, I will often ride for an 60-90 min before eating. It's not a problem if you eat well the night before. Maybe next time take a clif bar or a banana as an insurance policy.
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Originally Posted by trailangel
I thought this was a fantasy story.
LOL me too....
I was waiting for the part where the lady cyclist came back to revive you via mouth to mouth resuscitation.
After you recovered, she introduced herself as Scarlett Johansen and offered to give you a lift home in her Bentley
with the dual bike racks.
C'mon man! Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!!
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Originally Posted by Daniel4
It does look as if she knew he was following. That's why she took him somewhere for some strange which tired him out.
Fixed.
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