Since I'm still fairly new to commuting, I run into "issues" now and then. I'd like some feedback on the latest. My ride home after work has been quite rough the past two times. It's about 11 miles, mostly uphill. About 7-8 miles into the ride my energy level drops to zero. I've had to stop and get something to eat from my backpack. Even then it takes a while to build my energy back up.
My guess is that I'm just not preparing by body correctly for the ride. Maybe I need to eat something specific at a specific time? I'm wondering what others are doing... Protein? Carbs?
If I leave the office at 5:00, what time before that should I eat, and what should I eat? Would carrying Gatorade or some other sports drink with me, instead of water, help the situation? I'm sure that my body is just more worn out in the afternoon from being at work, and that hasn't helped the situation. However, this seems to be a new problem just in the last couple of rides.
Your thoughts and help are appreciated.