Today I rode 10 miles on the local lake-side MUPS and set a new personal best.... 12mph avg, total riding time 50 minutes. I haven't ridden this route in a long time but used to ride it quite regularly. I'm currently at 400+ lbs and all previous rides were in the 300-350 lb range.
My biggest problem, by far, was foot pain. I'm using basic BMX pedals and wearing regular Crocs. I've been saying I need to get some better riding shoes but for the 1-3 mile neighborhood rides I've been doing, I've been okay so I haven't really looked into new shoes. I had to stop three times and take several minutes off the bike to let the fire in my feet extinguish. Has anyone else had this problem and solved it? I'm not interested in bicycling shoes and/or clipless systems. Been there, done that, didn't work. I'm interested in a WIDE shoe that will work well to minimize this foot pain.
Also, is it possible to bonk several hours after a ride? I rode the 10 miles fasted and drank 20 oz of water during the ride. I drank about a liter more after the ride and ate two small sausage burritos. Several hours later I took a nap and slept very fitfully and woke up feeling completely wiped out. One of the worst feelings of my life. I ate several wafer cookies and thought I felt a little better and then went and go some fried rice and ate it and now I definitely feel better.