Biking/that time I almost fainted…. again…..
This is my last week of being walking distance to my favorite trail, the Mt. Vernon Trail. I move into my house this Friday (that’s tomorrow BTW!!). (Ugh packing….) So naturally, I had to squeeze in a few last runs and a bicycling trip with a friend of mine. Said friend is trying to convince me to do a triathlon. I think her peer pressure is working… I want to do a triathlon. You heard it here people. For years, my mother has been urging me to stop running, try something different, let’s do a bike trip. She’s just worried about the crappy knees we have in my family. So…. in an effort to give triathlons a try… (HA!) I went for a bike ride. It was the Mt. Vernon Trail, my trail.
My friend, Christine and I met up at 11:30am on Sunday and headed out. It’s roughly 5 miles to Old Town Alexandria via the Mt. Vernon Trail from my apartment. We made it to Starbucks without a hitch. Once at Starbucks, we hung out for hours and caught up. Girls need their girl time! After our catch up session we began to head back to my house for dinner. Well….. all I had to eat that day was applesauce and iced tea. I knew I forgot about something. On the 5 miles back, I wasn’t feeling so hot. We made it to Crystal City then things took a turn for the worse. All of a sudden I didn’t feel like me. I had to get off the bike, I needed to sit down, my vision was fading and I couldn’t really hear. That’s right I couldn’t hear and my vision was fading out. t had felt this before…. i’m about to faint. I took out my emergency GU and downed it. Then I clued my friend in on what was happening. She knew. Christine ran the Seaside Half Marathon with me, where I fainted at the finish line.
After sitting, ingesting a GU, and drinking some water I got up to make the journey home (all 5-6 blocks). Once outside my apartment, I was feeling weak again. Christine took out her emergency purse Gu’s (yes, I hang out with runners) and I ingested those in a hurry. In short I was a mess and I was scared. After taking in 3 emergency GU’s in total I was functioning again and wasn’t worried about fainting. Ugh mess…. I think between exercising, work, and pursuing a home the stress got to me and I’ve become quite forgetful. I’m hoping once we move in this weekend, things will become status quo again. I miss the norm. 😦
Have you ever felt light-headed after exercising? Do you have a trail that you’d miss if you moved away (even if it’s just 12 miles)? Have you done a triathlon? Do you love them? What’s have you been up to recently?