Tuesday, March 8, 2011
In know when you ride a bike a bit you can begin to feel a bit buggered, especially after a hard days ride. What happened to me on Sunday was just a tad different, but it was obvious to me that I was struggling from a very severe case of fatigue.
I had gone to bed about 1.30 in the morning and even though I had had a few drinks I certainly did not feel that I had had to many. On Sunday morning I left Whakatane just after 8 and started the journey back to Auckland, as in my previous post I went past Rotorua lakes and into Rotorua. It was here that I screwed up a couple of corners, nothing serious , no wrong side of the road stuff, but enough for me to realised that perhaps I was a bit tired. This was not just a case of "not being in the zone", but a serious lack of attention. When I got into Rotorua I had a coffee and some breakfast and carried on.
About an hour later as I was on a particular boring piece of road I could feel my self all but falling asleep. Now, I no enough about danger signs that I had to do some thing about it. Seriously falling asleep. I had never felt that way before, not on the bike anyway.
I ended up pulling over and having a nap under a tree for about half an hour, once back on board the bike I travelled for about another half hour before stopping at a cafe and buying some water. It had occurred to me that I had not drunk any water since the day before, alcohol the night before and a coffee in the morning would only add to the effects of dehydration.
And here in lies the moral of this brief blog, being tired is one thing , suffering fatigue from a lack of sleep and water is another quite serious issue. When ever I have travelled with my partner they are pedantic about carrying water, and every time I stop it is shoved into my hand, so I never really think about it. Hydration is not just for elite athletes.