Bit about myself first. First time poster, 2nd year in to TR structured trainings. 34 year old male, 60 kgs, currently sitting at 3.63w/kg (ftp 218), coming from 143 last year. Cycling for a lot up til 10 years ago and started again last year. Doing the Speciality MTB Marathon LV at the moment as I’m nearing my A “race” (just there to do well for myself, not wanting to podium or anything alike).
Here is my issue though: about a month ago I did my first event (C race for me), which was 55km (1400m climb). Despite careful food and drink planning (thank you podcast), I ended up not drinking or eating enough and after about 25km the lights went out. I kept going, but the lights only came on again around the 40km marker.
So had my most recent event 65km with 1800m climbing (set as B race as I wanted to test everything for my A race in a couple of weeks). Started carb loading 2 days ahead (± 400g/day) and ate a solid breakfast (800 kcal). On the day I packed 1.5L of SiS Electrolyte, 0.5L of Beta Fuel, 4 Sis Isotonic gels and 4 power bars (±180 kcal each). Ended up consuming roughly 2500 kcal, for an initial intake of 2300 (800 breakfast + 1500 during). However came the 40km marker, the lights went out to come back on around 53km.
So my question is: what can I do more to counter the complete blank? I was sure I had it down this time, but turns out I wasn’t …
Any help is greatly appreciated!