bodygeek Posted May 25, 2012 Share Posted May 25, 2012 I'm sort of an athlete, on and off. Was a moderate triathlete, then mostly running for the last year, though about two months ago I cut down a lot due to injury. I started cycling again around the same time after a couple of months away from it, but only once or twice a week, and not more than twenty miles at a go. About a month ago I started learning crossfit. About two weeks ago I started hardcore digging up a garden. As in I shoveled dirt every day. Lots of it, and moving bricks and truckloads of compost... lots of activity and muscle use. I didn't experience any injury or extreme soreness from any of it, though. I've been pretty close to whole thirty for the last two weeks as well (my mental practice weeks - official start date is June 1). I had some cream in my coffee this tuesday. I had a 3 oz glass of white wine on Wednesday. Other than that, nothing out of a whole thirty. Was pretty clean in eating in general, not a lot of processed foods in my life. Since last Saturday, after a ride and a lot of digging, I have just felt muscularly wasted. I haven't been to crossfit since last wednesday. I ran an easy 5 miles Sunday, then dug again, and finished digging on Monday. I haven't done much since then. I can hardly walk up the stairs between floors at work without getting not just winded, but severly fatigued in my quads. Now I'm also having what might be allergies (though I rarely get allergies) - runny/stuffy nose/head on top of the fatigue and now achy. So my question: what's happening, and what can I eat to speed up my recovery? I'm trying to avoid benadryl and ibuprofen, but I'm having difficulty functioning and sleeping. The activities that I was doing are not unusual for me. If I'm not running/biking, it's usually because I have some physical job I want to get done, so I'm used to being active. The digging/crossfit on top of running/biking may have pushed me over the edge? I've been eating sweet potatoes and fruits to replenish my glycogen. I eat meat two or three times a day in large portions (maybe a lb a day? maybe a little less), and make sure to eat coconut butter by the spoon if I think I haven't gotten enough fat for a day. I eat kale every day, and lots of other veggies. I drink when I'm thirsty. I take fish oil supplements, though a very low dose... My sleep is so so - I'll be taking the natural calm supplement once it comes in the mail on Saturday. My stress is moderately high right now - end of the school year means lots of student discipline issues, but I have my summer off in only two weeks, so the stress is temporary. Help! what's wrong with my body? I need to recover! (for one thing, I have to finish this garden and get my plants in before they all die. And I'm missing my buddies that I ride and run with... and my crossfit gym people...) Also, it's possible I'm just catching a cold/flu sort of thing that the kids have brought around school. Since I've been so active, I may have hit my adrenals/cortisol too hard and maybe have a weakened immune system? Obviously, I'm flailing. Appreciate any suggestions. Thank you! f. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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