30 Bananas a Day!

I just experienced my first "bonk."

I was doing a 2hr bike ride where I burned just over 1,000 calories, then got a phone call from a friend who wanted to swim across a lake (30-35min swim there n back). So, bein the keener I am, I told him I'd be ready to go in 10 minutes.

Between getting off the bike and getting into the lake, I only ate like 3 dates and a banana...

When we swam across the lake, I felt OK, but I a little thirsty. My friend decided he'd walk back around and try to beat me as I swam...

During the second half of the swim, on the way back to the beach, I realized my HR monitor sensor fell off when I dove back in! I was sad for a second, then got over it.

But moments after "getting over it" I experienced dizziness which was soon followed by me not being able to breath properly and having to resort to the breaststroke. I then proceeded to get the shivers and get really cold. I kept telling myself "come on don't stop, it's all in your head, keep swimming!" But it was no use...I was so cold and dizzy that I swam over to these 2 girls that I thankfully saw floating on a little floaty boat and ended up climbing aboard. They offered me their booze, which I rejected :)

I was shivering and chattering my teeth like a maniac, and I felt awful. I was sick to my stomach even. I couldn't even talk properly I was slurring my words.

When I finally got back to the beach, I was so happy to be back on land I couldn't stop laughing and smiling, I was almost hysterical! A little boy who was eating a chocolate chip cookie started talking to me and told me he liked the floaty I just got off of. I was so drained at this point that I was actually tempted to ask him for his cookie! I probably would have if I didn't see so many chocolate chips in it and if I didn't have 2 bananas waiting for me under my towel. It was the first serious craving I've had in a looong time.



  • Don't wear your HR monitor while swimming in the ocean or lake unless you're wearing a wetsuit.
  • Don't work up a sweat without fuelin' up like a jet.
  • Always bring bananas with you no matter where you go.

Oh, and my HR stats on first half of the swim: I burned 170 calories in 15 minutes. Max HR was 158, avg was 151...

R.I.P. Polar HR sensor #1


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Comment by Victoria on June 25, 2010 at 5:27am
I am thinking some celery might be in order..or even better some coconut water...Wow! Good thing you are ok..getting sick int he pool aint cool. That could have gone really really wrong. Luckily you are writing about this now and dry on land..fuel up my friend..Listen to Harley and Freelee on this one.
Comment by Ted Carr AKA Ted Carb on June 24, 2010 at 11:56am
don't 4get celery juice

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