I decided recently to start doing workouts in the early morning rather than in the evening as it works a bit better with my schedule. However, the past few morning workouts have started out feeling sluggish. My cadence starts lower than normal (~5rpm) and I found it takes way more mental motivation than when I do the workout in the evening. It’s much harder for me to get a nice kick/pull going, and I feel like I have to stomp on the pedals to keep up with the power target.
Did anyone else experience this? I’m wondering if it’s because I haven’t eaten before the morning workout, whereas evening workouts usually mean I have eaten dinner with the family about an hour or two beforehand. Do I just need to train this energy burning system more? Do I work up to it? (or at least, will it get better with time?) I am vaguely aware of fasted training and how it causes your body to use different metabolic pathways, but am not very familiar with it.