Because of my work schedule I need to get some rides in early morning. The problem is that I bonk shortly after my ride. It feels like I can go back to sleep at 9:30am-10:00am. My question is what is the best post meal/breakfast to avoid this. I feel lethargic the entire day and am wondering if it is my food intake. Anyone else experience this?
1) Try a few things. If they don't work see a Doc.
2) See if you are overtraining (tiredness, elevated resting heart rate)
3)coffee? Just asking
4) Try a variety of meals. One could be a fruit shake. Mine has about 20 grams of protein, a banana, mixed frozen berries, a tsp of flax oil all blended with a cup or two of soy milk.
5) What do you have to eat after a ride?
It would help to know what you are eating/drinking before, during, and post ride now.
If your workout is in the morning, I'd assume you aren't eating before, and your last meal was the night before. You're running on empty. If you aren't already, get something in your system.. nutrigrain or fig bars, banana, something before you start, and 300 calories per hour thereafter while on the bike.
Another thing to consider. Bonking after a workout sounds suspiciously like a blood-sugar crash... quickly absorbed carbs or coffee jack up your blood sugar, insulin kicks in to squirrel it away for later, you feel like crap. On an empty stomach, the effect is even more pronounced. Usually, your body kind of tempers the insulin response during and after a workout, but every body's different. Ya gotta deal with what ya got.