NUTRITION & GEAR

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Bonking

Janine Paynter |

Bonking or ‘hitting the wall’ are phrases used by endurance athletes and coaches to describe the sensations associated with complete glycogen depletion. When the body uses all of its internal or ‘endogenous’ carbohydrate (glycogen) stores, the body has no other option to burn fat. Here the athlete will experience a significant reduction in power output and a significant increase in perceived effort.**