I was watching a show yesterday called X-Weighted and the woman in the show was trying to lose weight and then compete in the half iron-man triathlon. Quite the goal, my goals seem so tiny after watching that show!
Anyways the trainer kept telling the girl that she needed to eat something while she was doing the race or she was going to bonk. I thought I misunderstood what he said but then he said it again. I had no clue what it meant.. so I looked it up!
It’s a term that long distance runners/bikers use to describe hitting the wall. Basically it’s when your body has depleted its glycogen stores in the liver and muscles. You become extremely fatigued and lose all your energy, your body just gives out on you. Some cases are so bad as to people can’t even hold their own body up, they’ll get dizzy and even hallucinate. It severe cases it can even lead to organ failure!
Pretty scary stuff.. but you can avoid bonking by making sure your body is getting adequate carbs and protein before and during long races.
This is why protein bars, energy drinks etc are out there. When you think about it, it’s amazing how your body works and how if you push your body too hard, how your body will do whatever it takes to protect itself…
I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the point where I’ll have to worry about bonking but it’s good to know about it. It can be very serious, so if you are thinking of running a long distance.. be aware of the dangers. I’ve added a video so you can see what the body goes through when it “hits the wall.”