Hello guys and gals,
This summer I have been riding very regularly (3-4 times a week), my weekend rides have gone up from 13 miles to 17-24 miles. I now climb a lot more hills with moderate effort than I used to, I have also lost 17 pounds in about 50 days. Today, I decided to push myself a little bit and did a 30 mile ride, but at mile 28, I bonked. I could not push the pedal any further. This happened very quickly, I was doing pretty good until then. As for food, I had half a clif bar before I left, the other half midway, and one bottle of GU2O throughout, and several refills of water along the way. After I bonked, I had to eat half a clifbar and as much water as I had left, and waited 5 minutes before starting again, but I still did not recover well until after I had come home and gulped down 12 oz cold GU2O.
I was out a total of 3 hours, total riding time was 2.26 hrs and mileage was 30.55. I would like to find out how to avoid bonking. Apparantly, any solid food will take some time to digest and give you energy, but its not possible to carry a lot of GU2O, and even if I carry the powder with me, water is not always available midway. Must I buy those gooey gels; dont think I will like those, moreover dont want to have to spend 5 bucks on every ride.
Bring on your suggestions.