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Old 07-19-21, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
There's a group ride I try to join every Wednesday night. I don't always make it, but I've been pretty consistent lately. We ride 21 miles on pretty flat terrain. About 15-20 riders start together, but by five or six miles in, we usually separate into multiple groups, with me ending up in the middle or even the slowest group. I never felt too bad about this, because even the slow group averages 17-18 MPH. Last week I was feeling strong and decided to try keeping up with the lead group, about 25 MPH. That didn't last long. I bonked, got dropped, and had to fall in with the middle group, about 21 MPH. Quickly got dropped again. I came in with the stragglers and kept thinking, "Note to self: come next week with more fuel in the tank!" I didn't hydrate enough before this ride (temp was mid-90s), should have carb'ed up a few hours prior, and maybe should have taken some goo or chews to eat around the halfway point.
I doubt that you bonked (ran out of fuel). Not in 21 miles.

Instead, it's very likely that you simply went harder than your current level of fitness would allow.
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Old 07-19-21, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
I doubt that you bonked (ran out of fuel). Not in 21 miles.
Yeah, probably not the right term.
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Old 07-19-21, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
Yeah, probably not the right term.
Yeah, bonking is not the same as heat exhaustion, which is more dangerous.
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endurance distress isn't the best way to maintain or to try & increase a sustainable performance.
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Old 07-22-21, 11:53 AM
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Follow up with yesterday’s ride results...

I rode with the same group, on exactly the same route, same time of day, and similar average temperature (93 F, just 2 degrees cooler than last week).

I was happy to see my moving average speed increased by .5 MPH, nearly 3% faster. I attribute it to better preparation. I hydrated better all afternoon and also ate better. And I took an insulated water bottle so my drink would stay cool longer. I find it hard to drink when the water is warm, just makes me want to puke.

I feel like I was pushing close to my max for nearly an hour. I’ve never done an FTP test and don’t know how many Watts I can put out, for an instant, a minute, or 5 minutes, let alone an hour. But I gave a solid, consistent effort over nearly the entire ride.

Once again I was really spent. I slept like the dead, and today I feel great!

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