I'm just getting back into riding since taking a year off. I've only ridden three times so far for a total of about 110 miles. Two 44 mile rides and one 22. I know that I can't expect to just be right back into riding shape but those two 44 mile rides just about did me in. When I was riding in the past I would usually ride the 60 mile ride and be tired at the end but not like this. I have been working out periodically since I've not been on the bike but I think I need to do something to really get the legs back in shape. About 3/4 of the way into these past two rides my legs have just given out. The rest of my body feels good and my hard rate is good but my legs just don't have the energy to press the pedals. I have to keep going to a lower and lower gear just to keep forward motion, especially on any kind of rise. I really felt it in my Quads, which I thought were in pretty good shape.
Nutrition for that day I had a bowl of cheerios and a banana before I left the house and on the ride I hit the SAG's and ate PBJ and peanut butter cookies.
So, what should I be doing? Do I just need to ride more often?