I almost never eat breakfast before a ride. You might be sick and don't know it yet. That has happened to me before. I did a ride, thought I was going to die, and two days later came down with a nasty cold.
I was wondering why this wasn't the first reply. Clear case of bonking. Your body runs out of energy (glycogen -> glucose iirc) and you suddenly become super fatigued, dizzy and/or delirious.vkalia said:You bonked. Eat before riding, carry some bananas with you for topping up during the ride.
Bingo! That was my first thought. Some people need more food before they ride, others seem to be able to go without. If I tried to do a real ride before eating anything I'd be hurting.vkalia said:You bonked. Eat before riding, carry some bananas with you for topping up during the ride.
there's your answer. your body is used to having something before the ride and you denied it that. pretty much anything would have done you better than nothing, and you should always drink water before you go out, and while you're riding. you went half your ride without any food or water in your system...that was the problem. get a camelbak, eat and drink before you ride, and rehydrate often. the camelbak makes it so you don't have to stop to get some water.Vtolds said:Typically I have always eaten something weather it was Oatmeal, Cerial, Yogurt and Granola, or just a Power Bar. When I am done I have EAS (Protein Drink) ready to mix in my car.
I tried riding about two weeks ago on an empty stomach and it sucked. I thought I didn't have time to eat but I should have made time. I really don't need a full meal before riding but I need something, preferably something that isn't really sugary. I usually take something along like a bar or at least a gel. After 45 minutes or an hour I'll eat half the bar and then eat the other half as needed. If I'm out on the trail and I wait until I'm hungry to eat then I'm done. I might as well go home. So I try to take in a steady supply of fuel. I can't speak for every cyclist but for me mountain biking, especially at an intense level or for a long duration, is a ridiculous thing for me to ask of my body without fuel. It can make the difference between a great ride or a $hi!!y ride.vkalia said:You bonked. Eat before riding, carry some bananas with you for topping up during the ride.