Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: I'm a recent-ish transplant from Oregon to Chicago
Bikes: 2001 LeMond Tourmalet: My love. My sweet, sweet love...
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You know the answer to this one I know you do, but perhaps you need to hear it from another for it to sink in (I know that I often do!): EAT MORE.
If you are extremely tired it is your body telling you to take it a bit easier in your training and/or fuel up more. You eat foods I eat and if I track it in www.fitday.com
it will figure out exactly how many calories I am taking in and how many I am expending. It gets tricky when weight loss is a goal during an intense training time. What I have found for myself is this: During the "on" season when I'm putting in 200+ miles/week there is no way in hell I'm going to be able to cut significant calories to drop the 5-10 extra I'd like to drop. "Off" season (winter time when you're riding a bit less) that is the time to focus on weight loss. Otherwise, your performance and energy and immune system will all suffer.
I know it sucks, but when you feel tired you must rest and recover. You can't be hammering everyday you must do long, slow/moderately paced recovery rides.
You body knows what it needs and will tell (IS telling) you. You gotta listen or you will suffer.