Ok folks, unless you’re an endurance athlete, you may have actually NEVER HEARD of the term “bonk“.   Fair enough, inquiring minds what to know, so this is the definition as per wikipedia:

“In endurance sports, particularly cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by precipitous fatigue and loss of energy. Milder instances can be remedied by brief rest and the ingestion of food or drinks containing carbohydrates. The condition can usually be avoided by ensuring that glycogen levels are high when the exercise begins, maintaining glycogen levels during exercise by eating or drinking carbohydrate-rich substances, or by reducing exercise intensity.”

So to avoid this nasty situation of “hitting the wall“, there’s obviously a lot of science and physiological mumbo jumbo behind how to actually achieve that. The byproduct of a good training program is of course to prepare you for a whatever race you do, but to control as many variables as you can before and during the race – training like a champion for 2 years straight means diddly squattola if you don’t execute your race strategy properly (ahem, my ironman 2006). So in another words, there’s preparing yourself in terms of fitness for your race but there’s also preparing yourself mentally for the race – do something stupid while executing your race strategy (if you even have one) – and there goes your day. (Picked up some pretty cool information via Endurance Nation so be sure to check them out)

Anyway, just say NO to the bonk. I’ll be talking more about this stuff as the year goes on…

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