Thanksgiving Bonk! The myth of Tryptophan Coma

Happy Thanksgiving.

Today, I was to run 3:00 hours. I thought I could easily average 7+ miles/hr and do a total of about 21+ miles. Instead of watching my heart rate, I was watching my pace. Mistake!

I felt great for the first hour. I had planned my run so I would run by my house and eat a stinger waffle (150 calories) at the 90 minute mark. I was also carrying a carbopro-laden Gatorade bottle. This worked well. I had another 90 minutes to go and I was actually ahead of pace. At the 2 hour mark, I started to bonk. At 2:30, I couldn’t run any further. I ended up doing only around 17.5 miles and was DEAD tired. So much for the upcoming marathon and dreams of qualifying for Boston. I’ll be happy to just finish.

So what’s the good news in all this? Well, there are 2 pieces of good news:

  1. I emailed Bill Wilson (my coach) with questions about why I bonked. He gave me a detailed reply. Basically, I ran out of glycogen because I went out too fast too early. Here is an excerpt, “Remember this lesson. Running even just a bit too fast early in a run will have dire consequences later in any run lasting more than 2-2+30. Slow down a bit more in that first hour of your log runs and you should be fine.” Yes, lesson learned! I will try not to repeat this mistake again.
  2. Only 2 weeks ago, I was gimpy with a bad hip and a bad shoulder. After running 17+ miles, neither my hip nor my shoulder are complaining. I feel great (my body is sore, and my left knee has a little tick, but I feel great).
Today is Thanksgiving. According to American tradition, we have to say what we are thankful for. I’m sure I can name a thousand, but here are a few:
  1. Family (Binita, Simi, Missy, Naman, Sheel (and family), Ami (and family), Mummy and my extended family too) – we are all (mostly) very close
  2. Health (especially over the past couple of years – I feel like I am in the best shape of my life)
  3. Friends (I guess they are an extension of my family)
  4. My REAL Home (Ahmedabad, India of course)
  5. Good fortune (somehow, whenever there has been a hiccup, a solution presents itself)
  6. Good food (ya, Binita is the foodie in the family so I reap the benefits)
  7. All the places I have lived and traveled (nothing like Naman, but I do love to travel and experience different lands, cultures, food and people)
  8. Arizona (yes, a bit too RED for my taste, but it is home – at least for the next few years)
Dinner was at Rahul’s this evening. Loads of food. “Tryptophan Coma” – look it up if you don’t know what it is (it is actually a myth according to Urban Dictionary).

Oh, and here is the pic of the bike I bought. It’s an Argon 18 Gallium Pro 2012 with Ultegra components, Easton Aero wheels (stock) and a Tru stock saddle. Notice that it has no pedals yet – I just ordered these from Amazon.

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