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Location: Cushing, Oklahoma
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Query re: residual exhaustion
Guys and Gals,
I spend my time on the 50+ and Vintage forums, but lurk regularly here. I've learned a lot from the discussions.
My question regards a 27 mile bike ride I had yesterday in very cold weather (for Oklahoma - 25F). I sucked the whole way. I rode with my regular riding buddy and about 5 miles in I commented that he was "kicking my butt" on that ride. We always ride hard but don't usually kill the one who might be a bit slower on any given day. But yesterday, I was dead. My buddy commented on how unusual that was.
Thinking about it later, I remembered that on noon the day previous, I had set a (recent) personal best 1600m swim time of 28:28 in a pool with a water temp. of 84F. (beating my previous by about 25 seconds) I gave it my all and left nothing in the pool. I ate light that evening with only a salad and a small cup of chili. I had a small bowl of semi-sweet breakfast cereal just before the ride.
My riding partner and I are wondering if I had enough "fuel" in the tank for our ride or if something else might have been going on. Neither of us knows much about real nutrition but are interested in what you guys talk about re: glygcogen debt, etc.
Rode a nice quick 17 with the same guy today and was back to form.
Thanks for any answers and for the interesting prior posts and threads.