Hello...new guy here. Just getting into mountain biking, and so far i have enjoyed it quite a bit.
I got into this for exercise, and the fact that i like being "off-road". I would consider myself of average to slightly above average health for my age ( 33 )...but not nearly in the shape of a hardcore rider. I chose to destroy my lungs by inhaling cigarette smoke for better than 10 years, but fortunately, i realized what a fool i am, and quit a few years ago...and was fairly active during those years, so the impact on my health wasn't as bad as it could have been.
Right now i am stuck with a wal-mart bike ( Schwinn S-30 ), but it's all i can afford right now. Maybe in a few months i can up-grade ( IBEX Ignition 2...thoughts? ). I ride pavement only long enough to connect the trails, so about 90-95% of my riding is REAL off road, on old logging roads and ATV trails.
I have a few questions...
I've been riding for a couple of months when i get the time, and have already noticed a big improvement in my endurance. I went out Saturday and rode for about 3-4 hours, including some fairly hard climbs. I will usually climb until my legs feel just about gone, and then stop and take a water/rest break to keep from over doing it...and i did this several times during this ride. After i got home, and the next morning, i felt pretty good, just the usual slight soreness.
Weather looked pretty good for riding today, so i went again, and about 30-45 minutes into it...i bonked big time. No energy at all. I really didn't feel that bad today before leaving, or i would have given myself a day to recover.
So i guess what i am asking is: What can i do to keep this from happening? My diet is not something to be proud of...but what foods ( real foods, not oats and grass bars ) are good for energy? What, and how long should i eat before a ride? I've heard pasta's or bananas are good....
Or was this simply an issue of needing to rest today?
This ride was a bit of a reversal from my usual. Normally, i have steep ( to me ) climbs for the first mile or so to get to "my" trails ( NC mountains ), but today i took a different route with a long, fairly easy climb ( in the belief that this was better for endurance ), and then hit harder climbs later. Did this have something to do with this?
I know that a lot of my energy is wasted by flexing a cheap frame and wheels....
I did some searching for this, but didn't find anything conclusive.
Any input is appreciated. Thank you.
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