Tablet – Scotland’s greatest invention
For those unaccustomed to the world of long (or short for me at the moment) distance cycling, there exists a ‘condition’ known as the bonk (or Fringale as the French put it). Essentially, if you don’t eat properly before the cycle and during the cycle your body can pretty much shut down and it makes it difficult to keep going at any sort of pace.
Unfortunately, I found myself in this position in yesterdays group training run. This was a momentous occasion anyway as all of the magnificent 7 cyclists for Le Jog turned out (a blog entry in itself). However, I found myself after 35 miles going along quite happily in the front group talking to Sammy only to find myself quickly staring into his back light (otherwise known as the abyss) which was getting smaller by the second, gallantly counting down from 10 to try and keep my pedals moving. I am soon caught by the back group who initially think I am being a team player in helping them along but I thought the game was up for me. I struggled on vainly to Strathblane where the rest of the guys were waiting. I explained my predicament and out of David’s pocket came a block of tablet. This peculiarly Scottish delicacy consists of sugar, butter and condensed milk formed into a hard block and if it came from a posh shop maybe a drop of vanilla. One section was taken and then another and eventually David knew he wasn’t getting any back and the whole bar was gone. Slowly, we set off again and life started to seep back into my body, and the pedals started to flow again and life was good. The big nutrition companies will try and convince you that their latest sports gel will keep you going and has been formulated to the max but I think the Scots have known the formula for years….
See link below further about this, it can even happen to the best – try Lance Armstrong.