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"My Best Bonk" Contest Entry - Vicky Thomas
By:  Vicky Thomas   (2005/03/01)


Hmm, grass and blue sky. What is going on? Where is my bike? More importantly where are the other bike racers?

This was my thought process a few years ago when as a newbie racer I bonked hard at the Provincial Road Race Championships in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Up until the crash I was having the race of my life. I hadn’t been dropped and even better I was in the lead group. I was pretty excited.

So excited that I stopped drinking. A hot mid-afternoon day in August and I decided the best race strategy was to forgo liquid.

Like I said I was a newbie racer. I was so happy to be in the race that I focussed on staying in the race. This is what led me to the grassy ditch on the side of the road.

After a couple of laps of using my scientifically honed “no drinking” strategy, I began to notice little bumps on my arms and legs and I started to go backwards.

Pretty quickly I was dropped from the race. Then I was in the ditch. Friends told me afterwards that I began weaving across the road and simply pedaled my bike into the ditch.

I ended up in an ambulance (how cool!) and in a Kitchener-Waterloo hospital. I lay on a bed with no socks or shoes for what seemed like hours in my race clothes with an IV in my arm and something poking me in the back (this turned out to be my race food – plums…).

Eventually my trusty OBC team members collected me and we made the trip back to Ottawa. I felt pretty rough for the next few days and spent most of my time lying on the couch.

The moral of the story – eat and drink often!

The worst aspect of my big bonk – a bill for the ambulance ride and I lost my favorite pair of cycling socks.

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