I Rode Into A Wall…On An Indoor Trainer!!

After my ride last Wed with the team, I kind of figured something weird was going up with my body. I rested up on Thursday to recuperate and heal up. On Friday went out for a quick 4 miler just to keep the legs loose. It wasn’t too bad, even with braving the upper 80’s with nothing but a cup of coffee to drink the entire day. I was on my 8:30 pace, but I felt a little woozy after wards. That night, slept pretty poorly and I just felt achy.

On Saturday, I was more sluggish than molasses on the North Pole. Just completely drained. Even going up the stairs was hard. I tried to take a nap, but my body just seemed to be uncomfortable in any position. I wondered if it was just my brain yearning for some endorphins, so I hooked the bike trainer up and set in for a 60 min zone 2 spin. Started off well enough, but at about 30 minutes, I started losing all my strength. Just a complete drop off. I couldnt have ridden another 5 minutes if my life depended on it. Somehow, someway, I had hit the wall…on a trainer! I got off the bike and immediately started shaking in my arms and legs. Felt a little woozy again as I showered up, so I decided to down a bowl of Granola cereal, which proved useful.

Took things a little easier on Sunday, and I concentrated in getting some good healthy calories in. Had plenty of cereal for breakfast, and a Lox bagel for lunch. Went big with a nice lean steak and potatoes for dinner. In the evening, I saddled up again on the trainer, and luckily, things were back to normal. 1:15 on between Zone 2-3 without a hiccup.

I’m guessing from this experience, my reduced weight @ 146, and my absolutely ravenous and insatiable appetite that my body is craving some carbs for glycogen loading. To take down the wall fully, I’m going to go easy; just getting in some training sessions to keep everything loose. In the meantime, will be carb loading with healthy stuff, mainly oatmeal. And yup, no alcohol this week.

Remember Wilford Brimley, aka The Quaker Oatmeal Guy?

Maybe this will ring a bell:

Alright, time to hang up the shoes and helmet and break out the fork and spoon.

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on July 26, 2010, in Training and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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