After my warm-up and drill set, I went into the workout portion of my swim and I started feeling really good! I proceeded through the workout and each subsequent set seemed just as effortless as the previous. Toward the end of my swim, I decided to swim my last 300 repeat at a hard effort. When I looked at the clock, I was surprised to have swam my fastest 300 time in recent years! There is no doubt in my mind I would not have had as quality of a workout if I had skipped the pre-workout banana.
Lately carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap for being "fattening". Unfortunately, this claim is based on short-sighted conclusions and do not take into account other considerations, such as nutrient timing, meal balance, food quality, etc. (the "big picture"). Before deciding to eliminate entire food groups or macronutrients from your daily eating plan, consulting with a Registered Dietitian can provide accurate insight regarding fueling strategies to achieve your personal health goals. If a customized nutrition game plan is carried out appropriately, this can greatly improve not only athletic performance, but also increase your overall quality of life!