Here’s the setup.
Since mid-May, I’ve been fasting every other day (well, 3 days/week) and both lifting and bike riding on the fasted days. The time from my last meal runs about 36 or 38 hours before the ride, and usually around 26 or so hours when I lift. I’ve gone from lifting once a week to two and even three, but get better results with once a week, lifting to exhaustion. I ride all 3 fasted days/week.
I don’t seem to be getting as good results as I’d like, as measured by average speed on the bike or by recording the number of reps in the few exercises I do. I have to add that I’ve never in my life been as fast on the bike as I wanted, or lifted as much as I wanted. OTOH, like everyone, I’ve never been this old either.
Should I rearrange my schedule to try ensure I get protein closer to when I exercise, or is that just one of those myths? I’ve heard that after exercise we should get protein within a short period of time (20 minutes?) but I can’t see how it would be available to the muscles for another few hours. Still, perhaps the time after my last meal is too long and the protein not needed for repair is excreted?
I mostly want to ensure I’m not hurting myself doing this!