I need some tips on minimizing the dreaded "dead legs" on the second half of a 50+ mile ride with a lunch stop midway.
We've been doing non-stop rides on weekends to develop more endurance. Our next group ride is a beach ride, 50+ miles, with a stop for brunch/lunch at a favorite restaurant. Bi-passing the restaurant or walking around while everyone else eats are not desirable options. :-)
I plan to consume regular snacks on the bike before lunch so when we arrive I won't order and eat too much food. That way, I can eat light so my stomach won't be full when we set off for home. This may be difficult because this place has good tasty food.
Is there anything I can do to keep my legs as fresh as possible for the ride back? Foods to eat or avoid, how much to eat (or not), etc?