Beating the Bonk

Beating the Bonk

When you mention the act of “bonking”, a regular person might bring to mind hitting their head on a door frame or a certain x-rated activity you’d do with your partner. The concept of “bonking,” as anything other than those two things, was essentially unknown to me until I entered the world of cycling. Within it, it takes on a new meaning entirely. The equivalent term, outside the cycling bubble, would be “hitting the wall.” That moment in a work-out or a jog or any other kind of strenuous activity where you have absolutely had enough. Once you’ve hit the wall, all you want to do is throw down the barbell, hop off the bike, take a seat – anything to stop what you are doing right now. This, in cycling, is “the bonk,” and it’s a doozey to overcome.

“The bonk” is a light-hearted term for it, but what a bonk actually is can be quite serious. The symptoms of a standard bonk may include light-headedness, anxiety and a feeling of extreme weakness. You may tremble slightly and it’s likely that major hunger pangs will hit you like a brick. Not so bad, but in a worse-case scenario, a bad bonk could lead to much worse effects and could possibly leave you comatose. What you’re actually experiencing during a bonk is hypoglycaemia. This means that your body has exhausted its glycogen stores and as a result, your blood sugar levels are low. Essentially, you are “running on empty”. A common time to bonk is after 90 minutes of exercise. This is because the average body can only store enough glycogen for 90 minutes of intense activity. After that period, you will need to raise those blood sugar levels again to power yourself up and carry on. This is where Veloflow comes in!

How do you pump up those sugar levels? Carbs! The usual advice on how to deal with a bonk is to consume a small amount of simple, quickly-absorbable carbs, frequently, as your ride. For some people, that means setting an alarm, or risking forgetting altogether. As the saying goes “if you’re hungry, it’s too late.” With Veloflow, we have developed a tri-carb mixture (Dextrose Monohydrate, Monodextrose and Fructose) and combined it with electrolytes and caffeine to power you up from the beginning of your journey and keep you going long after the bonk should have arrived. Note there, I say “should have.” We’re so confident in the efficacy of this mixture that if you use the stuff correctly and still bonk, we’re offering a full refund. That’s a promise we haven’t had to honour yet and we don’t expect to any time soon! No longer will you have to worry about constantly eating (something I enjoy a great deal, but not necessarily when I’m trying to ride) to fuel yourself, you can put your full focus into pushing your body in the hard climbs and enjoying the views and sights as you go, without distraction. With Veloflow you can beat the bonk and go further for longer. Try some and get riding!