This morning I rode 50 miles. Coming back I had a headwind, and it's frustrating to have the wind slow me down so much. My average speed was only 12.32 mph! That's not fast enough for the TdC 100-mile route! It wasn't blowing at 20 mph, either; more like 8-12 mph.
Several times I had to ease up because the work of keeping a rapid cadence was making my legs burn, especially after the 35-mile mark. I kind of hit the wall then. It's that exasperating point in a long ride when sheer willpower is all that keeps you moving.
I wonder whether I was bonking. It seems unlikely. I began to eat and drink 15 minutes into the ride. I had both water and electrolyte drink with me, as well as food. Maybe I need a different kind of food? Possibly neufchâtel sandwiches and Clif Bars just don't cut it? Did I need to eat more than one bite every quarter-hour?
Try again next Sunday. Fifty miles. Eat a little more (and yes, I had breakfast before I began today's ride) on the bike. And hope for a respite from the wind.