I just got home from a 19.5 mile ride and the last 2 miles were hell, my legs were dead. So far, since getting back on the bike (I stopped biking in 2003) in late winter 2012 (but only sporadically) and more recently 2x a week or more, I have lost 20 pounds from 286 to 266, I really need to get down to 200 or even 210. I used to be able to do this ride with no problem.
On the bright side, last winter when I took my bike out of the garage and it was an effort to finish 4 miles.
I just hope I don't loose weight on my legs. I tend to carry my weight up top and so my legs are thin compared to another 6'2.5" 266lb man.
I've never had this happen. It was usually breath, or exhaustion, not my legs. I ate a teaspoon of peanut butter before the ride, (and that's all I had to eat today), so I am wondering if anyone knows how much and what I should eat before a ride?
PB seems like a good candidate, high in fat, very calorie dense and won't cause a sugar high/low. Does anyone have anything to offer here?
EDIT: Also, how long before a ride should I eat something?