Struggling with my shape: WOC & Swedish Champs

The last 2 months has been really tough for me. Not much training, a lot of time at home, trying to rest a lot, but still struggling with a body that is not cooperating. There has been som days when my body has felt less bad (WOC relay, SM middle), and some when it has been a complete disaster (WOC middle, Night Hawk Relay, SM long), but most days just bad. If those less bad days had been my worst, I wouldn’t complain. WOC relay and SM middle felt just like it usually does during a hard session in the middle of the winter; legs OK, I am able to keep a decent pace, but the feeling is bad, and I get really tired. Those catastrophic days I have just wanted to stop, lie down, and cry for a little bit (which is exactly what I did at SM long…), because it just have felt so bad! Usually I can’t tell right away, it comes after 5-15 minutes, but then I’m suffering from every step. Lactatic acid builds up, and I just don’t know what to do with it. Normally I have some sort of in-race-recovery (actually, I think that is one of my biggest strengths as a runner), but these days I have nothing to give. It is really frustrating.

I am really happy with all my WOC-races. I navigated well (around 1½ minutes of mistakes in total on the three races), and I handled all the stress and negative thoughts that appeared when my body felt bad in a really good way. That I am really proud of. But I am very dissappointed with my physical shape.

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Swedish champs had, just like WOC, a lot of ups and downs. I was really looking forward to the races, since they where on home ground; just south of Stockholm. Unfortunatly the long distance was one of my worst days yet physically. When I decided to quit the race after 35 minutes, I was so tired that I barely managed to get home. I tried to jog but it was just too much. I ended up walking (staggering, that is) back to the arena. I struggled to keep a steady walking pace, and was really relieved when my dad came and picked me up with his car.

The middle felt better, and after an almost perfect race I ended up winning with 4 seconds ahead of Albin Ridefelt, which felt really good. And at the relay we managed to defend our bronze medal from last year, and we are super happy with that!

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But the mystery continues.  What is wrong with my body? Actually, I still don’t know. I’ve made loads of tests, none of which has shed any light upan the case, but at least I now know that my iron levels are good, no Vitamin B deficiency, I don’t have diabetes, hyperthyroidism, nor any heart problems. I’ve also been tested for lyme disease, which came back negative, but the test have been redone and I am  waiting for the results (loads of ticks in Scotland!). The other strong possibility is that I simply overdid my training in the beginning of the summer, and I am now suffering the consequenses from that. In that case rest is the only solution, and I am planning that as much as I can right now. We’ll see how it goes!

5 Responses to “Struggling with my shape: WOC & Swedish Champs

  • Well, see what happened to Marianne Andersen, Norway related to years of overtraining… :-(

  • Looking at your training schedule, I would say, for sure overtraining.

  • Have you follow your orthostatic heart rate bahaviour after wake up? It is usefull tool for recognice overloading. Is mycoplasm tests taken?

  • Gustav, you can’t be at your best for many weeks in the year. Your body’s just telling you to take a break and clearly isn’t happy with the recovery between WOC & SM.
    Enjoy some R&R this October – and build gradually to enjoy EOC & WOC 2016.

  • I know that feeling of exhaustion, and when 15 minutes of exercise (or less) is enough to make you want to crawl into a ball a cry. After my perfectly healthy blood and other fluids had been analyzed to excess, I was left with a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

    What helped me recover was a blog post from a world champion kayaker (she suffered from CFS but went on to win at Worlds again):
    http://www.annahemmings.com/page28.asp

    Not training didn’t help me recover — I didn’t feel better until I was able to relax my head, aided by the information in the book linked to in the blog post.

    I am sharing in the hope that it may help you too. Good luck!

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