Background: 20 year old athletic female, I've been primal since July 2011. Paleo usually and as of right now following 100% as I can while being at college.
I'm a competitive rower (crew) in college. I joined a year ago, took the first season to learn. Started racing this past fall, had this winter off and now I've been back in training for the past few weeks.
I have had a serious lag in my ability to sprint or row at a high intensity. Of course i'm comparing myself to last season but I get fatigued very easily. Part of my training is also running but the low intensity jog stuff for 15-25min is not bothering me at all. We are on ergonometer machines currently due to the weather also.
I currently consume about 1500 - 2100 calories a day. Somewhere between 20 - 150 carbs depending really. I can not consume fruit other than bananas/blueberries because of acne breakouts from ANY sugar. I am a completely dairy free as well. I am 5'6 / 140lbs. Typically eating 2 meals a day (approx. 10am and 6pm), occasionally one snack if I feel like it.
Can anyone explain how I can fix this?
I really do not feel as though I have been over training (taking days off frequently when sore). I do not understand why last fall I didn't have this problem. I was consuming occasional dairy, but I feel much better without it right now. The only thing I can think of is my consumption of nuts and coconut products was a bit higher.
What should I be consuming pre/post workout? Eventually we will be training in the early mornings and I will not have time to eat before that workout.
Any advice is appreciated!