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Originally Posted by worldtraveller
J i do end up at later in ride with no energy and dragging my butt home.
Riding while bonked is a waste of time. You are going too slow to get a training benefit or to burn significant calories.
You'll go faster and lose more weight if you eat more, or earlier, or both. Look at it this way: eating 200 cal/hr enables you to ride for many hours at 600 cal/hr (that's at my endurance pace for 145 lbs, yours may be higher if you weigh more than me). If you're well and truly bonked you'll be down to 350 or less. That's fewer net calories, and it's worth little for training. And you will feel like ass when you get home, be worthless for the rest of the day, and be tempted to eat a pile of junk.
I can go for a three hour ride without food if I eat breakfast before the ride. Most people can do two hours, some can only do one. Do what you can do now. It's ok to be hungry at the end of the ride, but you should be maintaining the same level of effort, not seeing stars and riding at 12 mph. As you get fitter you'll get more efficient at burning fat and will be able to go longer before depleting your glycogen. But it may take a while- for me it took about 8 years to go from two hours to three.