Firecracker 5k

A Guide to Bonking

I’m somewhat of an expert in dehydration and glycogen depletion.  It takes a special kind of idiot to let it happen repeatedly, as I have. Not to brag. The condition has many names: bonking, hitting the wall, hunger knock (it’s British), and blowing up. It’s like...

Remember to pack my brain

Chilled, bonked, and cramping. As I left the aid station to complete the second half of the Elephant Rock ride on Sunday, I couldn’t hold back a semi-delirious chuckle at myself. I was laughing at the irony that I so carefully packed my mobile phone in a water-proof...

100 Miles of Nowhere

At the time, it seemed like a brilliant idea: Ride 100 miles in as small a loop as possible. Easy! And, it’s for charity. Awesome! But after 5 hours, with 15 miles still to go, my mental capacity was at broccoli level and dropping fast. I wondered – do those...

Behold the lowly pretzel, superfood

Living in the shadow of the PowerBar overlords, the pretzel is just about the perfect fuel for another hour on the road, according to dietician and Ride the Rockies veteran Jessica Lorning. “You have to maintain blood sugar. And you do that by eating carbohydrates,”...