Title pretty much says it all, ha.
I’m a decently strong rider in power terms, I switched into cycling from competitive running and have gotten into racing quickly. So far this year, I’ve raced a handful of cat 5 road races, and been top 10 a couple of times–it’s a ton of fun. Except when I try to eat or drink anything during a race or fast group ride. I just feel like I have to stop pedaling to avoid weaving, but obviously stopping pedaling in a large group is super dangerous too. I seem unable to hold a line, put out power, and eat at the same time.
Thus far, I’ve skirted the issue by being vastly underfueled in races . But, as I start to train with faster groups and do more 40+ mile traning rides, I have to eat and drink. My current strategy is to drift to the back of the group, stop pedaling, drink (don’t even get me started about getting things out of jersey pockets ) and then push big watts to get back on. Maybe.
I know practice makes perfect, and I’m trying to take some slower solo rides and just work on getting things out of pockets and bottles out of cages. Also, one of my current training tools is rollers, and I’m getting more confident on them slowly, so I’d like to also try to practice on those. Not there yet though.
Any other ideas for ways to get more confident? I don’t want to keep getting yelled at!