Hitting the wall

According to my training plan like last sunday I had to complete another 4 hour ride yesterday. I found a nice route on komoot and started riding shortly after 2 o’clock. I didn’t look at the route in detail, because when riding with my mountainbike there’s hardly anything that can stop me. Butwhen I was half way through the route it got dark. So far I was riding through the northern suburbs of Berlin but now I left urban territory. What followed was many kilometres of dark forrest. Normally when I’m riding in the Grunewald that’s no problem, because I know the place. But in an unknown wood in the dark it’s almost frightening. Additionally there was very thick fog yesterday. Although I had a very bright light I couldn’t see any farther as 5 metres. So it came that my heartrate was noticeable higher when I was in the forrest. Actually I rode in the GA2 and tempo zones instead of GA1. Because of that I stressed my body a bit too much. Approximately one hour before the end I hit the wall. I didn’t have enough to eat with me.


When I was at home I didn’t feel very comfortable although I ate something immediatly. I ate two crumble cakes and four pieces of Pizza. I know, that’s not the optimal nutrition after such an effort. I have to stock proper bars, gels and ingredients for recovery shakes again. So I went to bed early, but I couldn’t sleep. It felt like my body has things to do to manage this tremedous effort. When I finally fell to sleep it was very restless. I wasn’t tired in the morning, but I felt still very stressed. My first pedal strokes on my way to work felt terrible. It got a bit better after some metres but it didn’t feeld good. Also my heartrate felt like it raised pretty quick.

Frozen berry.
Bike at the fence of the Tegel airport in Berlin.
Bike at a frozen river.
Bike in the woods.
Bike in the fog.
Besides the bonk and the dark forrest it was a very nice and rather fun ride.

What I’m learning from this training sessionit is crucial to eat enough during the workout. I suppose hitting the wall doesn’t get me anywhere. Not that I didn’t knew this before but actually experiencing it is quite another thing.

Now I will look into ways to make my own bars, gels and shakes. 🙂

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