Eating and a Bad Day Riding, What gives?
I've been riding regularly since July. I've lost 35 lbs. and am regularly doing 100-120 miles a week on the three to four days I have time to ride. I decided to do a metric century and had a miserable ride.
I tried eating prior to my ride to have a little more energy. I hadn't done anything that long for at least 10 years. I ate a bowl of shredded wheat in Silk with a banana around 7 am. I was going to leave at 8 but saw the weather and that the wind was going to pick up and so I left at about 7:15 am. During the first hour and a half of my ride I couldn't give any effort without my heart rate going way high. I putted along a 14 mph on the flats and my heart rate was 145. After the hour and a half were up, I rode a little better and my heart rate went down into the 130 range but I was still only going 15-16 mph (still on level ground). After another hour, I finally was able to get up to speed and cruised along at 18 mph and my heart rate stayed about 130. After doing that for awhile I started getting tired and so I stopped and ate an Energy Bar and tried to ride again and felt like my legs were absolutely out of gas. I did make the ride but felt like crap most of the time.
I ate pasta the night before and slept fairly well. What gives? After the ride, I also had very little appetite.