I've been running into some problems getting into biking and they're getting somewhat frustrating, after reading somewhat about nutrition and actually looking what i take in on an average day I'm starting to think i've found the cause. I had the problem last year and it made it somewhat hard to get motivated and i stopped and i'm having the problem again this year but i'm determined to get past it since i actually enjoy the cycling part. What's happening I would describe as feeling like muscle fatigue. Right from when i get started my legs feel really tired and i can push through it for a while but then they just give and my speed drops like 5-10km/h for the rest of the ride. I'm not in particularly good shape and yet I can't even push myself hard enough to start breathing hard without my legs just giving out.
Now i'm thinking there's one or two answers to this, one suck it up and push through it or two my nutrition sucks. Statistically the items I eat overall are healthy enough but i think it's the quantities that are the problem. I've figured out the average day for me only consists of about 1350-1500 calories and about 140-170 grams of carbohydrates. This isn't done on purpose due to some diet or anything it's just the way I happen to eat, my appetite is basically non existent. To clarify this is based on me being 5'8" 160 lbs.
I had never really looked at what I ate and added it up however this seems very low and seems like it may be the cause of some fatigue. Any opinions on this matter? If this does seem low does anyone have any suggestions of some good food items to get the carbs and calories without being too heavy on the stomach. I know things like baked potatoes and oatmeal and stuff are good, what about other major sources(not a huge fan of pasta)
Thanks for any help