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All of the pro athletes I know limit their carbs to a number that would be considered severely limiting them by SAD standards. This is year-round
The days of carb-loading before competition are over, but then again, I don't hang out with cyclists. However, when I was swimming a lot the people I trained with who did triathlons ever didn't eat a lot of carbs on a daily basis.
Anecdotes are not the same as science. Beware sample size.
Aren't elite athletes by definition a small enough sample size for all evidence involving them to be anecdotal?
You don't have to be an elite athlete to run/swim/ride long distances.
All of which you're fvcked if you don't consume carbs.
Feeding and hydrating strategy is the most important thing in these activities.
If I go on a ride that's longer than 2 hours, I know I need to bring a gel or two or risk being stranded in the middle of nowhere in a hypoglycemic state.
If you ever experienced it, you never do that mistake again.
That's because your body is used to eating carbs.
I've done multiple distance swim competitions (2-3 miles) and I don't consume anything besides water competing.
You are confused.
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