May 29, 2006

Bonked

If you're checking back here for weekend race results you'll be disappointed cause I don't have any. I was registered to race Snake Alley in Iowa on Saturday, and then I usually race the crit on Sunday but not this year. My Grandma passed away late last week so I had lots of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Family around and a funeral today so racing was totally out of the picture. It was actually nice to be home on a weekend and not have to think about bike racing at all.
I struggled to ride all week, I only got in about an hour a day due to feeling completely and thoroughly wasted. I have been waking up feeling completely exhausted and then I was bonking at all hours of the day. Full on bonking too, right after meals, during my one hour rides, or sitting on the couch watching a movie I was bonking. I actually ate breakfast on Thursday, got on my bike and rode 10 minutes and had to stop at the bike shop cause I was completely bonked. I went back home and took a nap. Extremely strange, I had a feeling of constant low blood sugar for about 4 days, like the lightheaded, dizzy feeling you get right before you fully bonk on a ride and it never went away. I finally got out to Tom's and he got me on some L-Glutimate to level off my system. 2 minutes after taking it I felt 100% better and haven't bonked or had the feeling since, although it hasn't helped me feel any better when I ride, but at least I don't have to feel like I need a GU every 10 minutes!
I'm setting up doctor appointments tomorrow for blood work and also sinus cultures as I think I have self diagnosed myself with what seems to be a chronic sinus infection. I've been doing lots of research and I still think I am holding onto the cold/sinus infection I got after the sea otter. My nose is still plugged in the back and having a sickness like that for a this long, along with riding and being stressed out about riding so bad could cause adrenal fatigue which would explain my bonking and the extreme fatigue I've been experiencing.

This is all of course my own diagnoses but it will be interesting to see what comes out of all of it. I really wish there was a good sports doctor around that would understand were I am coming from. I pretty scared to talk to a regular doctor and have him tell me I'm healthy as a horse when I know I'm way off. I'm also scared of the bill I'll get since I only have catastrophic insurance, I guess at this point I'm willing to pay what it takes to get back on track though.
This was supposed to be the beginning of my first peak period for the East coast norbas coming up and now it's actually the start of week 7 of 1 hour rides. Sweet! Ah well, everything has ups and downs. No one ever said cycling was easy.

That's about it for the weekend. Like I said, not much to report on except my complaining.
Tristan

3 comments:

Ian Stanford said...

Good call man. Go to the doctor. Sports doctor, head, necks, and nasal doctor, etc. It sucks when you don't have great insurance (just ask me) but for all the work you put in on the bike to get to where you are at, and then have something like this take you down, it just becomes part of the whole investment. I had something like this a few years ago. I could eat a bag of espresso beans raw and still fall asleep while riding. Massive fatigue and constant nasal issues. I went to see a nasal specialist and he essentially "flushed me out." That did it. Good luck -Ian

Alyson Wilson said...

You've had a rough go of things lately, from the sound of your post. But after rain comes sun... and long rides. Things will turn around. Permit me to offer my condolences about losing your grandmother, from "out there" in the blogosphere.
-Alyson, thisnext.com/blog

miss king said...

bird flu?