I did a planned ride Saturday and wanted some input on some struggles I had and the possible cause.
The ride was 75 miles with 5900 feet of climbing. I was doing well till around 3 hour mark and just couldn't put the power down. Got to the top of the hill and at the rest stop, ate a banana, consumed a cup of coke and a gel. I asked for the flat roads home as I was in no state to finish feeling like I did. For the next 10 miles I couldn't even put 100 watts on the flats as measured by a power meter. I was with three other people taking the same route home. We all stopped at a town and as they partook in a 10 minute potty break, I drank a bottle of nuun, ate a gel and clif bloc. After the 10 minute break I felt fine again. Was able to hit my normal numbers around 200 watts for the remainder of the ride home which was about 8 miles. So I am not sure if I have a nutrition problem that I didn't eat enough the first 3 hours, or if the 10 mins rest helped my legs recover. Trying to figure out where my problem lays so I don't go through this during my other rides this year. I don't believe it is the feet climbed as I had completed more feet climbed in less miles several weeks ago.