I will keep this as short as possible. Im recovering from a long term chronic lower back injury, so I have recently replaced my leg day with a session of bike hill sprints At the moment this includes 5-7 sprints on a shorter hill (about 100 meters) and then followed by 2-3 longer sprints up a longer hill (about 300 meters).
For the past 4 months I have been experimenting with a lower carb diet, as I no longer play football and don’t need to run around in circles 4 times a week. Only carbs I have is berries or some in-season fruit before working out. Once or twice a week I will have some baked sweet potato or a corn tortilla with my Sunday morning mexican breakfast.
I have taken somewhat of an interest to low carb diets in regards to the claims of : decreased inflammation, less hunger etc etc.
I have noticed with my bike hill sprints I ran out of gas quickly on the last few hill sprints. I am sure that with some extra carbs I could probably do a few more sprints.
My goals are : longevity, health, lean muscle mass and general awesomeness. A little hypertrophy in the right places is always a welcome benefit.
Question is: should I increase my carb intake so I can do a few extra reps on the hills? Or should I stick with the lower carb approach and be happy with the less volume of work I can manage? Are those extra carbs worth it so I can do an extra 2-3 repeats up the hill?