This scenario may have happen to you in the past.
You feel pumped for a ride, you get your gear ready and head out to the road. However, you just even left the house, you suddenly feel sluggish. Why is this so?
Well, that’s what we are going to cover in this article, and what you can do about it.
Drop In PH
Most people don’t know the role of PH levels on the body and its effect on cycling performance.
As we put in more and more intense efforts during our cycling rides, little hydrogen ions forms within the body due to conversion of carbs into fuel. Due to this, the pH levels in our body drop down and become even more acidic in nature.
As our body becomes more and more acidic, the energy levels come down as the enzymes supplying energy to the body slow down. It is a common mistake for people to consider it is the lactic acid which does this to the body, but the truth is that lactate can help in improving the body’s energy level during a workout.
Solution: The only way that the formation of these hydrogen ions can be slowed is by becoming more fit. The fitter you become, the better the body can prevent the formation of those ions.
Too Much Beast Mode
Another reason which makes the body sluggish during a ride is going too much into “beast mode”. Yes, that is right. Even though beast mode may help you cycle harder with a much greater efficiency; but if you go in with your biking too fast or do not give enough recovery time between “beast mode” rides, then your body will eventually feel fatigued.
Solution: If this happens with you, then it is a sure indication that you need to take it a bit slow by giving yourself a couple of recovery days in a week. You may also lighten the rides that you are undertaking. Even though “going strong” is a good thing, there is always a thing of too much “going strong”.
Dehydration is also another important problem which needs to be taken care. Proper hydration during rides is really important for the body. Think of water like a lubricating oil in your car’s machine. it helps everything moves smoother.
When the body is dehydrated, your blood thickens. When this happens, everything in your body will slow down and that includes feeling fatigued.
Solution: A simple solution is to have a strict hydration water regiment on and off your bicycle rides.