Tom and others,
I hit a milestone today 245#, 101# lighter than my all-time high. Here is my question/situation. On rides of about 40 miles or less, I am having no problems staying hydrated or fed, usually a PowerBar fruit and nut bar, or a Powerbar gel. Today I went on a 75 mile ride with a lot of climbing, ran out of water with about 5 miles to get home, had been conserving for 5 miles previous to that. Ate a Powerbar and two gel packs for my 5 hour trip. Problem was when I got home I "Dumped" everything, adding to my already dehydrated state, felt light headed and immediately fell to the floor upon arriving home.
I am thinking there just was too much sugar in the gel, or perhaps I had one too many. I am curious what you are doing post surgery to stay fed during your longer rides? Any suggestions will be taken as that, just suggestions. I am seeing my GP tomorrow, first appointment in four months, she will be amazed. I will also ask her what she thinks.
If I can't do the gels, I am thinking I may have to scrap my plans for a century in September.