My afternoon workouts are horrible, what's up with that?
I've been trying to get into late afternoon workouts. I like the idea of shifting carbs to night, and I feel like shifting my workout to before dinner makes this an even more ideal scenario.
In the past when I would double-up and have a two-a-day workout, my 2nd one would give me some blood sugar issues. I chalked this up to having two workouts in a day and that just being a ton of volume and purposefully uncomfortable. Now that I'm just working out in the afternoon, I'm still getting the exact same problem. If anything, my intensity is lower than usual.
To try to give myself more energy in the gym, I started adding in some pre-workout carbs like a sort of targeted ketogenic diet. Initially, just 1 banana. Then, I thought maybe more would help, so I did 2. Today I did 2 small pre, and 2 small intra bananas. No benefits here. The pump is crazy -- to the point where this almost seems close to just massive inflammation, stacked with a little bit of nausea / dizziness and a little bit of a headache.
Late afternoon training (~4pm) sucks.
When I train in the morning fasted, I can usually go much harder and easier. I don't get much of a pump, and I don't get any DOMS. Afternoon training just feels oddly inflammatory and difficult to get into. I suppose I could switch back to morning training, but I'd like to make this afternoon thing work. Maybe morning lifting / afternoon aerobic exercise would work, although from what I recall, cardio doesn't help glucose disposal (I've read in some cases it actually worsens it.)
What's the best way forward here?