Training low: competing high has become a popular training strategy for endurance athletes. This strategy involves training with low energy reserves (glycogen depleted state) and competing with high-energy reserves (glycogen loaded) – See “Train low- Compete high” article for more information. Without careful planning and expert advice, there are risks associated with this strategy. Below are the potential pitfalls you need to be cautious of.
Low-carbohydrate strategies should be completed on a strategic basis. These should be interspersed with carbohydrate loaded sessions and race-feeding practice. Nutrition support can help maintain training adaptations, enhance recovery and boost immune function.