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Ride report - not my best day [Jul. 7th, 2013|12:11 pm]
Zoethe
I biked 35 miles yesterday, but they were not good miles. I had intended to make a 55-mile loop, but just 5 miles in (while watching the traffic light and the traffic instead of looking at the road) I hit a piece of rebar that caused my front tire to scoot out from under me, throwing me toward traffic that was starting to move. I stopped myself from falling into the street by *putting my hand on a moving car.*

Needless to say, I was sort of jangled with adrenaline by all that.

I biked 5 more miles, trying to get myself calmed down, but I was struggling. So when I got to a charming little village I pulled over, sat down on a bench, ate a banana, drank some water, and got myself calmer. I went on from there, headed south and slightly upstream into a mild headwind. I wasn't expecting to be fast, but I was surprised at how bad I felt. I had to stop and rest again after another 5 miles, and then at 18 miles, when I reached the top of a hill I simply had to throw myself down on the grass, gasping for air.

That's when I cut the ride short. I started back, and it was definitely easier, but every climb was doing me in WAY more than it should have. Stopped after 5 miles to buy a coke, and then after another 3 to buy some Gatorade. I texted hubby to let him know I might need a rescue, but decided to keep going. Stopped one last time about 4 miles from home to take shelter under a gas station for 10 minutes of absolute deluge, then made the final press for home.

About two blocks from home, I started wondering if I was having a heart attack. The road was flat, but I still felt terrible. I felt like I couldn't catch my breath at all. I briefly considered calling for a rescue but realized I could be home before he could get in the car and come get me.

Got home, told hubby my concerns, decided to take a shower to get the sweat off, and then noticed that I was fighting cramps in my thighs, feet, and calves. Sure sign of potassium deficiency. Decided that an immediate trip to ER was not necessary.

I'm still going to call my doctor on Monday and go in to get checked out. I don't feel 100% back to normal yet, but no real chest or back pain,
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[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2013-07-07 04:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know about OH, but PA was bloody hot yesterday. That can really mess with you, too. Hope you feel better!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 04:33 pm (UTC)
It wasn't super hot, but it was really muggy.
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[User Picture]From: kitanzi
2013-07-07 04:34 pm (UTC)
Just an offhand google of adrenaline and potassium brings up a LOT of links suggesting excess adrenaline can contribute to a potassium deficiency, which certainly matches what you're describing. Hope you feel better soon!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's really interesting. I hadn't even considered that. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: kitanzi
2013-07-07 05:08 pm (UTC)
Glad to help, it was just a "Hmmm, I wonder...." thought that occurred when you mentioned potassium deficiency at the end!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Still a bit shaken, but mostly okay.
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[User Picture]From: runeshower
2013-07-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
What a scary experience. Glad it was something easily correctable. (I'm also very impressed that you stuck it out and finished up 35 miles. 35 miles! Wow!!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 11:51 pm (UTC)
But nothing like the 150 I'm supposed to do in just a few weeks. I'm getting really nervous about P2P.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2013-07-07 05:59 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a rough ride. But give yourself credit for all the ground you covered, that you didn't give up, and that you're trying.

That's more than most people would do.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm trying to keep that kind of perspective.
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[User Picture]From: fluffydescent
2013-07-07 11:34 pm (UTC)
Omg! That's frightening!

Don't forget about shock too. I'm sure over the next couple of days you'll find parts of yourself that hurt. With an accident like that you would have used all of your muscles to stop yourself, and with the adrenaline on top, you will have one helluva come down. </p>

Make sure you rest up, and not push yourself too hard for a couple of days and give your body a chance to recoup.

So glad you're ok!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 11:50 pm (UTC)
The back of my right hand is badly bruised from the handlebar, and I have some sore spots. I didn't think about the shock factor, but I'm sure that's a part of it. I am definitely taking it easy today.
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2013-07-07 11:45 pm (UTC)
It may sound silly, but also don't forget to check out your bike, make sure brakes aren't rubbing, the fenders aren't bent and scraping, and the wheels are true -- these kind of small things can really affect the mechanical efficiency of the machine and make the same route feel much harder to do. More than once I've got off my bike wondering at how hard it felt and blaming myself (sheesh I'm unfit; am I coming down with something?), only to realise I'd been fighting the machine the whole way because of a mechanical issue.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-07-07 11:49 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, the bike did not hit the ground at all. But I will definitely check it out before I ride again.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2013-07-08 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad you made it home safely, and have the sensibility to go see your doc this week. Adrenaline rushes make me feel ill, too.
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[User Picture]From: alumiere
2013-07-08 04:26 am (UTC)
Glad you're mostly okay, and that it just seems like muscle burn-out.
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