April 23, 2009

And the secret is...

...Mag Glycinate and Endurabolic. I've been on the magnesium supplement since last year, after telling my chiropractor about the heart arrhythmia I'd experienced on a few strenuous rides. He recently recommended the Endurabolic supplement after I mentioned the sluggish, weak feeling I'd also had on many occasions last summer.

My last two rides have been challenging. Last weekend, some friends convinced me to take on the Peach Tree Loop, site of my first scary experience two years ago with whatever heart issue I may or may not have. Sure, I caved in and walked the bike part-way up three of the steepest hills this time around and made my riding partners take a couple breaks more than they otherwise would have, but I survived, dammit, and felt good afterward.

Today I had planned on a 45 mile ride along the Western Md Rail-Trail in preparation for an organized ride I'm doing on in eastern Md in just over a week. Nice and flat, just like the upcoming Wild Goose Chase ride at which I hope to do the 43 mile route. Last year's Wild Goose wasn't as fun as it could've been, but if this year's weather allows I hope to take greater advantage of the flat roads and gorgeous scenery that comprise it. So, today was a practice run. Except that today began with wind gusts up to 20mph. Heading northwest towards Hancock took me straight into those gusts. I tucked down in the drops and plowed into it at a somewhat comfortable cadence, but it wore me out quicker than I would've liked so I turned back at mile 12.5 and made the most of the tailwind on the return ride. Of course, by the time I got back to the car the wind had become merely a breeze and I could've gone on for a few more miles...

What was different on both of these rides was that, as hard as my legs and cardiovascular system were working, I felt good. I may have been tired and even a little sore, but there was none of the weakness that's been such a plague for so many months. Right now, instead of feeling that I can't do anything but collapse in a chair and vegetate, I feel fatigued yet strong.

Dr. Joe, I love ya.

6 comments:

birds fly said...

Sweet! Good to hear. I am so psyched that the weather is finally improving. I really only like recreational riding when it's fairly warm out. I have no problem riding in the cold for commuting, but I just don't find it that fun to do a 50 mile ride in the cold.

human being said...

soooooooooooo happy to read this...

'fatigued yet strong'... this is it!
hope you can enjoy springtime to the fullest... to shake off the winter fatigue...

lots of love

human being said...

MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets Kali... today i was reading this article... thought perhaps you might be interested...

have a great time
love

KaliDurga said...

Wonderful to hear from you, hb :D That article is fairly frightening. It sounds as if MSG is like high fructose corn syrup-- it's not good for us, yet it's in almost everything. I have so much trouble understanding how the food industry has come to this point.

I hope that you are also enjoying the springtime where you are, despite all the insidious things out there...

Groover said...

I just read the article about MSG that human being posted. It is very scary.

Great to read about your riding! Way to go!

birds fly said...

I'm reading Pathways to Bliss. I actually started reading it a long time ago but lost the right frame of mind to really enjoy it. I picked it up again recently. I am a big fan of his.

How was the ride? I had told my girlfriend about it, but the ride was already full by then. Maybe next year.