So my question is can one feel "bonked" even when they've consumed enough food? In other words, can you push yourself so hard that your body shuts down to the point you can hardly turn the pedals?
I'm asking because I raced yesterday for the first time this season, and it was hard, I got dropped, but finished even though I was absolutely spent. After the race, there was about a 3km ride back to the car that took me probably 15 - 20 minutes, I was essentially at a standstill going up even a small incline, and all the other racers were zooming past me.
I won't post what I ate during the race, because instead of having my question asked I'm going to start having my race nutrition analyzed. Pretend I ate the maximum amount of processable calories - could I still have felt the way I did? Or to be that trashed after a race would it have to have been a lack of food energy?