I’m now in my final block preparing for a half distance triathlon. I’ve been working harder than ever, averaging around 300TSS on the bike and roughly the same running plus two swim sets per week. All the work pays off, I am near all-time best w/kg, am hitting crazy fast run workouts and do not drown in the pool.
However, as I recently whined about in the Ironman thread, appears that it’s finally catching up with me, I feel chronically under recovered. I am still hitting most of my workout goals, but I feel pretty flat most of the time. Recently I took four complete days off, sleeping 10hrs each night and eating a lot. That helped, but I’m still unhappy.
Sleep is maxed out, I am getting a solid 8 - 9 hours of good quality shut eye most nights. I thought my nutrition was spot on, but now I am having doubts whether I might have deficits there. My diet is largely vegetarian, with a lot of fresh fruit, oats and grains and fresh prepared meals in the evenings. Very little sugar, moderate amounts of black coffee, hardly any meat, very little alcohol.
I feel like my total volume isn’t that crazy high but even that appears unsustainable for me. I wonder what people do to stay ahead of chronic fatigue? Anyone familiar with these symptoms? I’ll schedule a blood test soon to have my iron and vitamin d levels checked, anyone experience with that?
All thoughts are appreciated. I am so happy with my progress it would be a shame to lose it all to chronic fatigue or overtraining.