|> Arrgh! I'm getting desperate and figured the best place to turn for advice
|> is here.
|> Before 8 weeks ago my workouts consisted of an hour of aerobics three times
|> a week. When I decided to do a sprint distance triathlon this summer, I
|> started running or swimming about an hour five times a week. I've also
|> been keeping track of what I eat, cutting out meat and limiting dairy
|> products, keeping fat to about 20% of caloric intake. So with all this
|> effort, why is it that I have gotten sick four times in the past two
|> months? Three of them were only slight colds, but one was a ten day douzy
|> that didn't respond to antibiotics or anything. Normally I get maybe two
|> colds per year, usually in the fall or winter.
|> I've been vegetarian with no ill effects on and off for the past five
|> years, so I don't want to think it's lack of protein or anything like that.
|> The only other explanantions I can think of are not enough sleep (Do you
|> need more sleep when you train more?) or stress (but that's a constant in
|> my life :/ ).
|> Has anyone else had this problem? Any guesses as to what it might be?
|> This has been somewhat demoralizing and any advice or similar anecdotes
|> would be much appreciated.
|> Lissa Kennedy
I'm no expert on this but my guess is you're overtraining.
To start with, you might want to look at your training log. You say you
were doing an hour of aerobics 3X/wk -- for how long were you doing this?
Was this a long term workout schedule or have you been doing this for only
a few months? While on this schedule, how many hours of sleep were you
getting and how much were you eating? Can you compare how you felt then as to
how you feel now? If there are significant negative changes it's another
indication of possible overtraining.
If the increase in activity was a significant increase in your "work load"
then you may have been putting too much stress on your body to quickly. By
maintaining this new, high level of stress and not allowing your body
to recover between workouts, your immune system could have been depressed.
It may be wise to:
1) take a week off from any "heavy" workouts and just do very light
workouts -- ones that seem embrassingly easy.
2) once you get back to hard workouts, try doing hard day / easy day
3) you might want to consider getting a heart rate monitor -- if you're
really serious about your training -- so that you KNOW at what
intensity you're working at.
4) try reading a few books like, " The Herat Rate Monitor Book," or
"Serious Training for Serious Athletes."