Thursday, March 19, 2009


OK, today turned out to be a little tougher than I thought it would be!

My alarm went off at 6:30 am.

At 8:30 am I was at Emory Univ Hospital signing my life away....I left with 4 stitches in my shoulder blade area from having 2 skin biopsies (to assess sweat glands).

At 10:00 am I was at Georgia Tech standing around in a bikini getting needles poked into several veins..apparently I have small veins so this was a lot harder than it should have been. Keep in mind I have stitches in my right shoulder, a sweat patch on my left shoulder, and now a catheter in my tiny little arm vein.

At 11:30 I took a blood sample and nude weight, then got on the bike....

For 2:20 I cycled at 100W in a room that was 95 deg and 45% humidity...with NO fluids or calories. Every 20 minutes I had to get off the bike, undress/dry off and get weighed, give two blood samples, put the VO2 mask on, get temperature recorded, answer some questions, and repeat.

All in all, I lost 4 lb. of body weight through sweat alone in the 2.5 hours. I was able to drink Gatorade freely afterwards but I still couldn't do the post-test urine sample...and I couldn't wait around as I had to speak to a large class of Nutrition Students at Georgia State afterwards!

So, I took off..went home, and then realized I was locked out and had 30 minutes to shower, change in to presentable clothes, and get to my presentation. I ended up sticking my head under the sink and changing into my nice clothes anyway...the presentation went well, I'm surprised I didn't pass out.

2 hours later I was finally able to pee and could start rehydrating again. I am finally getting up closer to my morning body weight..but I feel horrible!!! Mostly my shoulder is sore, my arm is really sore from all the bruised veins, and generally I feel like I got hit by a truck.

Moral of the story.....hydrate properly!!!

I leave tomorrow for the Women's MTB Weekend..I sure hope I feel better by tomorrow afternoon!


Blogger Metro said...

Jesus! just when you thought 24s were tough....

Get in some quality riding this weekend.


5:37 AM  
Blogger Namrita O'Dea said...

Oh, and I should add that I wasn't allowed to have any caffeine. Ugh.

5:38 AM  
Blogger My name is Stephen said...

aaaaaaaah, no caffeine!!!! that is bad!!

6:17 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Oddly, I was standing around in a bikini at 10 a.m too. But I've said too much.

4:34 PM  

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