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Cycling: What to do when you feel fat and slow leading into a century…

August 2014
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For the last week I’ve felt like I’m pedaling through two inches of mud.  I’ve had a tough time getting comfortable in the saddle and my power is, put simply, still on vacation in Georgia.

Speaking of vacation in Georgia, I was excited to come home – I was feeling strong driving home after an excellent week in the mountains.  I’ve been stronger down there, I had a tough time on my nemesis climb (it kicked my butt this year) but I still felt great.

My first ride back home was strong and was very fast – faster than normal by maybe a mile or two per hour.  Good news going into my big “A” ride of the year, where we should average 23-24 mph over the first sixty on open roads (open roads shave 2 mph off of the average at that speed, having to stop for traffic signs and lights) and drop down to 22 going through the hills after that.  That’s this morning by the way, the Assenmacher 100.

After a rain day on Tuesday, I hit my normal route feeling like I had tar on my tires (Mrs. Bgddy felt the same way) on Wednesday.  At first I didn’t sweat it, but when I felt the same on Thursday I started getting nervous.  On Friday I was frantic.  Yesterday, panic…  Then I realized, about 3/4’s of the way through my ride, that my sweat wasn’t salty.  Light on electrolytes.  Then I started thinking back:  That whole week in the mountains I drank maybe two or three small Gatorades – and my struggles started to make sense.

Add to that the fact that I ate a lot on vacation and I’ve been feeling a little chunky all week long (and this “feeling” was exacerbated by what turned out to be an electrolyte imbalance).  So until yesterday I was going into this ride thinking I was in deep trouble, even if I hadn’t written about it this week.  Yesterday I started pounding Gatorade as soon as I got back and I’m hoping that helps (I do feel a little more normal today but let’s face it – with your confidence in the crapper, the last thing you want to do is go straight into a fast century).

So, what to do?  I’m going to suck it up and roll, because that’s what we do.  I’m going to give it my best to get to the finish line and if I bonk, I bonk.  More after the ride.  Right now, it’s time to get ready…

So, what do you do when you’re feeling fat and slow leading into a century?  Three Ups.

Suck it up, suit up and show up. 

I’m not going to shake that fat feeling on the couch.


1 Comment

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    Yup, back on the bike. 🙂

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