Ok, folks. Most of you know by now that I run a horse farm. With spring coming on, I'm spending more and more time on training, riding, gardening, and farm work, as well as keeping up my regular workout schedule (2x week each of heavy lifting, gymnastics/bodyweight, and sprints/HIIT).
All winter, I've done just fine on 50-80g carbs per day and no particular PWO meals (in fact, I rarely ate within 2 hours of any workout).
Now that I'm putting in a couple more hours of activity per weekday evening, plus all day outdoor work on weekends, I find myself dragging post workout and for the rest of the day, even with the addition of PWO meals (cottage cheese and kiwi/eggs and veggies). I mean that no-energy, heavy-legs, just-want-to-surf-the-web kind of dragging.
However, a good shot of carbs and fat, like an apple with almond butter and raisins works like rocket fuel to propel me through a full day's physical activity even after a tough workout. I can easily stay under 125g carbs even with the addition of this snack (which I could replace with a sweet potato and coconut milk to avoid the fructose).
My goals are to continue building strength while maintaining leanness (ok, so I'd like to lean out a touch more, but that's just me being obsessive -- I'm quite lean already) and having the energy to blast through long, busy days on the farm. I guess my biggest concern is that I'll lose leanness by upping the carbs...but then again, my activity is higher...
I understand that PWO carbs aren't necessary for refueling between workouts, if you're pretty much just working out every 24 hours...but what if you have a ton of physical work to accomplish in between?
Think the extra carbs are ok? Good idea? Bad idea? Got a better idea?
I'm female, 5'3", 122 lbs (lotsa muscle), age 31. Typical intake is 1800-2200 calories, 60-70% fat, 20-30% protein, and 5-15% carbs.