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Why endurance athletes hit the wall

Could a pill keep you going?

Runners, cyclists and swimmers often report an experience known as "bonking" or "hitting the wall" where they simply run out of steam.


Whether you call it “bonking,” as cyclists do, or “hitting the wall”—the preferred term of runners and swimmers—reaching one’s physical limit is an unsettling experience. Those who’ve gone through it liken it to a bodily betrayal. No matter how much they wish to continue moving, or how their

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