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Total Exhaustion even off the bike.(8 posts)

Total Exhaustion even off the bike.niteschaos
Sep 17, 2003 4:05 AM
For the past 2 weeks I have been totally exhausted all the time. This last week was so bad with being tired and light-headed that I've had to stay off the bike and miss my group rides. Have any of you experienced this before? I'm ging to the doctor, but he may not know what the deal is.
Overtraining or illnessbimini
Sep 17, 2003 4:17 AM
The exhaustion you have may be due to over training. However, overtraining is not he only cause of that type of exhaustion.

If you have been riding longer or harder for the last couple of months it could be over training. Especially if you are going hard more than 3 days a week.

The solution is simple, back off on the hard rides and perhaps the volume of riding for the next couple of weeks.

The doctor is a good idea, illness can cause similar problems.
Get to the doc...Mg1
Sep 17, 2003 6:17 AM
I had a run-in with exhaustion last fall. Pattern was train hard 4-10 days, get sick 2-3 days, rest 1-2 days, repeat. Then, after 3-4 reps, total exhaustion. So I went to the doc, and brought my training log along. He tested me for mono and a host of other maladies. Everything was fine. Doc was also an endurance athlete and a parent, told me that I was likely suffering from a combination of 1)onslaught of viruses my kids were bringing home from preschool 2)not enough recovery time from illness.

Even though I was not training as hard as I have in previous years, 1 + 2 added up to exhaustion from overtraining. I took 2 weeks off (arrggh!), watched my diet closely, got plenty of rest, and was back on track in 4-5 weeks.

Best of luck.
Get to the doc...boyd2
Sep 17, 2003 8:24 AM
I think you just helped clear up my situation. I have been totally exhausted the last 3 days. I have been training really hard the last month and I did not know what to make of how I was feeling until you mentioned the kids going back to school. Bless thier little hearts!

I had better get right quick. I have a Tri in a few weeks.
See the doc - - you might be anemic (nm)hrv
Sep 17, 2003 9:11 AM
That's what I'm afraid of.niteschaos
Sep 17, 2003 9:21 AM
I have been steadily riding all summer. Actually these past 3 weeks have been easy riding. that's why I'm worried.
Problematic NutritionJervis
Sep 17, 2003 1:01 PM
Same problem hit me over the summer. I rode close to 100 miles a week, plus worked full time at a metal fabrications shop pretty much hauling metal around all day (pretty physical). I was trying to cut off some fat so I decreased my caloritic intake, and as a result was beat for most of my day. It was like a bonk, just off the bike. Look at your body composition, diet, and calorie intake and try to optimize that for the amount of excersize you do. If that doesn't help, I would definitely see a doc. Try taking vitamins as well. They will specify on the bottle what they're meant to do for you.
Sinus infectionniteschaos
Sep 18, 2003 8:59 AM
Sinus infection threw off my balance by filling my eustacian tubes with fluid and the infection drained my energy. Feeling much better now thanks to nazal steroids.