Beat the bonk
Beat the bonk
There’s nothing worse than feeling on top of the world one minute and suddenly all starry-eyed and jelly-legged the next with a chunk of miles and climbs still to go.
Getting your nutrition right is crucial in keeping your energy levels constant throughout the event, but we’re all different so it’s important to experiment in advance during training so that you can find a strategy that works well for you.
Before you start make sure that you’re well fed and hydrated, there’s no point in setting off with the tank half empty.
Even if you’re sure you can make it to the first feed station with only one bottle, equip your bike with two.
You never know what may happen out on the road (you could drop it by mistake) so it’s always good to be prepared for every eventuality.
Load your nutrition into your rear pockets in an order where you know where everything is. Start eating and drinking early on, every 20 minutes, throughout the ride.
Often riders make the mistake of eating or drinking when they feel the need. By that point it’s already too late. Little and often is the key.
Try to consume products that you’re familiar with. If this isn’t possible then consider opting for the natural option at the feed station (for example water and fruit) that may be easier on your digestive system than an energy bar or drink that you’re not familiar with.