Let me ask you old geezers (of which I am one ) something. I've only been riding for a little over 2 years now and I think I'm ready to try my first Century at an event in June. I would like to hear how to best prep one's body to do this. The reason I ask is that sometimes, rarely, but sometimes, when I go out for a longer ride, I'll get really beat after 40 or 50 miles. This even though I may have eaten a Clif bar and a gel or two along the way. I reckon this is what they call bonking, but I really don't understand why it happened as normally I can ride 50 without much concern for what I've eaten along the way as long as I start with something on my stomach. So, what's the best strategy for making sure this doesn't happen? Eat a high-carb dinner the night before, a good breakfast, and then what and how often along the way???
Since this will be an organized ride, there will be stops along the way to refuel and reload. Do I stop at all of them and get something to eat quickly and carry on or is it OK to skip the first one or two? I'm kinda thinking I could ride 40 before stopping and then every 15 after that which would give me 4 stops total. Is that a good plan? I'm not a fast rider, averaging 13 - 15 mph in the moderate hills of Tennessee, so I'm thinking I may be the last one in and have set a goal of 8 hours for the ride. As long as I can keep from getting that worn out feeling prematurely, I'm pretty sure I can do it, although the big hill they have 60 miles in does worry me just a little
I appreciate your thoughts and wisdom.