What Is Bonking?

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By not keeping pace with your carbohydrate stores during training, you quickly deplete the necessary fuel for your working muscles.

Member Question:

Why do I bonk during a hard training session? Is it because I worked too hard or because I didn’t eat enough?

Answer:

When was the last time you decided to extend your 50 mile bike ride to a 100 miler and rapidly felt dizzy, light-headed, and a bit hungry as you drifted out of the bike lane during a training ride? Often, leaving the energy gels, bars, and snacks at home, newbie triathletes mistakenly believe that they can get through an endurance training session without extra nutrition. But regardless of your reason for improper nutrition (i.e. forgetting a gel, minimal water stops, improper diet, or extreme environmental conditions), you ultimately risk the chance for bonking and you miss out on a once-possible beneficial training session.

What is bonking?
By not keeping pace with your carbohydrate stores during training, you quickly deplete the necessary fuel for your working muscles. [.....]

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date: September 5, 2006

mrakes1

Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. I am a certified sports nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition,I teach spinning and I am CPR certified. I have finished the 2006 Boston marathon, 2006 IMFL, 2007 Ironman world Championship and I am qualified for the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. I write for Triathlete magazine and I love writing for BT.com!

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Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. I am a certified sports nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition,I teach spinning and I am CPR certified. I have finished the 2006 Boston marathon, 2006 IMFL, 2007 Ironman world Championship and I am qualified for the 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. I write for Triathlete magazine and I love writing for BT.com!

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