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One of my goals for my first Whole30, today is Day 10, is to increase my energy level and possibly performance during morning swim workouts with my local masters/adult club (roughly 3000 meters, 3 or 4 timers per week). I am 49 (5-0 in July) and while never competitive on an accomplished level like high school or college, love swimming enough that it's my primary form of exercise. Since I started the Whole30, and realizing I am only 10 days in, swim workouts have been a struggle, or more of a struggle than usual. Can I expect to experience an uptick in energy over the next few weeks? I have been following the recommendation to eat a little protein before workouts (tex-mex chicken frittata "muffin", e.g.) followed by a full breakfast (more of the same with fruit, handful of almonds usually). As of Monday I added potato/starches to 2 or 3 meals. Anyhow, just looking for general nutritional advice and or insights. I'm swimming through the doldrums in the meantime, hoping the water starts to feel a little lighter over the next few weeks. Thanks!
I swim for my college, so practicing in the summer is necessary. At this level, even taking a day out of the pool isn't an option. Unfortunately, it is also our off season, so I use my summers to build up my strength training because it is so hard to keep up a focus on strength during the season. This means that I'm swimming from 5 AM to 7 AM and then lifting during my lunch hour at my internship. My lifts have been sluggish and my heart rate quickly spikes. I've increased my carb intake (sweet potatotes mostly), but I wanted to know if I should be eating 7 meals per day with this training schedule: 2 pre-WO, 2 post-WO, and the standard 3? Also, I was wondering if anyone had tips/suggestions for the types of foods I should be eating before and after each workout? Thanks!