Im at a loss at what needs to improve with my current conditioning. Current fitness level is about
10 hours of riding per week since Jan/Feb, with the last two weeks at about 160 miles each.
I went on a 'Team Fast ride yesterday' for the first time, and felt great for most of the ride. My breathing was never
labored, or my heart never felt like it was going to explode. However, there were two spots in
the ride where I felt I should have been able to hang onto the pace-line, but my legs blew up and
I ended up getting shelled.
At each of these occurences:
1) the pace line was holding a good 22-26mph pace over the past few miles
2) the pace line started picking up speed above what the tempo for the day was
3) 2 or more people would come from the back and their passing speed ended up being the paceline speed.
I usually ended up being in the back after everyone passed, and by then I was giving it all i could just to hang on (32mph+ by then.) My breathing wasn't any harder, but my legs just cooked to the point where
continuing that pace any longer was impossible.
The first time this happened was within the 2 hour mark, so I think nutrition was not the cause.
Previous day was a rest day - plenty of sleep and good food with no time on the bike
What kind of training can I take advantage of to avoid having that 'cooked leg' feeling so quickly?