Looking for some insight/explanations/solutions to my issue on yesterdays ride.
I went out and did 100 miles with a friend. I’m fairly familiar with the distance, but I definitely went a bit harder than normal in the first half because my friend is stronger than me.
In the second half of the ride I just could not put out any power and I basically crawled home for 50 miles. First half was 230w, second half was 145w average.
What’s strange to me is that normally after “hitting the wall”, I need a while to recover (let’s say maybe 10 miles) and then I can get back reasonably close to my initial pace. That didn’t happen this time.
Now I suspect what’s different in this instance is that I “hit the wall” due to poor pacing rather than poor nutrition, as is usually the culprit.
So my question is, short term, should I expect to be able to recover better after suffering from poor pacing or is there no antidote in that moment to going too hard? And long term, should I just work more on muscular endurance? I’ve done sweet spot base a few times and, as mentioned, am no stranger to 100 mile rides.
Thanks for sticking with me through a long post. Interested to hear your experiences and tips.
P.s. Here’s my ride