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Energy Level Swing

Old 07-28-06, 09:27 AM
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Energy Level Swing

Maybe this is normal, or maybe I am not training right, but here it goes.

Currently I am cycling twice a week 20-40 miles each and rock climbing twice a week 3 hours sessions. I am tall 6'-2" with a naturally thin build @ 150 lbs. Some days my energy levels are high and feel like I can do about anything, but then I swing the other way and constently tired. I tend to hit 'the wall' frequently when in athletic situations such as hiking or biking and it feels as if my body wants to shut down.

Many times I get low energy when doing activites back to back or for several days after a bike ride of 40 miles. I eat healthy and avoid red meats when possible and eat soy energy bars after excercise for protein and carb replacement. I consider myself a 'hard gainer' and it takes me forever to build muscle.

What is it and what would you try?
1. Normal swing from pressures of life?
2. Not eating enough for my level of activity.
3. It can't be rest because I get 8 hours a night regularly.
5. I am just a wuss?
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Originally Posted by keith_b00ne
It can't be rest because I get 8 hours a night regularly.
Unfortunately, some people, myself included, often need more than 8 hours a night.

Also - watch your caffeine intake.
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Are you merely looking for energy, or do you want to gain muscle? Im going to tell you that off the bat, it sounds like you dont eat enough for either. At 6'2" and 150lbs, you are obviously VERY thin, and have the metabolism of a hummingbird. You need to eat, a LOT. Eat during your rides, if you arent doing that, you NEED to start. Also, drink weight gainer... go to GNC and pick some up. With your level of activity, it will really help you pack on some muscle. If you arent eating enough, you will really hinder your performance. I would start with eating... add 1000 calories to your diet a day. Seriously, you are way on the low scale of BMI right now, you would be a great build with 20lb more on your bones.

Can you post your eating patterns and quantities so we can tell more about it?
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I go through the same peaks and valleys. Right now I'm in a valley.

When I'm out on rides I often measure my performance on 1) speed 2) energy level and 3) cardio. I'll rate myself on each throughout the ride. I may give myself a 7 on speed, 7 on cardio aerobic, but feel real tired and give myself a 4 rating on energy. A good ride is when everything's a 7+. And it will vary - from beginning-middle-end of ride. I think some of mine right now has to do with staying up late (for me) for 3 weeks of the TdF watching the prime time replay. I now need to get back to 9+ hours of sleep each nite.
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Google "biorhythms" and see if you can correlate your low energy to that.

You probably can't but it'll be entertaining if nothing else.
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When I was lifting weights I started on Whey Protein and started to see immediate differences. Got up to 160 and was lifting more than ever. Got to the point that I couldn't choke down the Whey anymore. What is in weight gainer? I assume the same stuff.
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Here is a typically days worth of food: (Note that I can't eat lots of greese due to food allergies)

Breakfast:
2 Pop Tarts + Juice or 1 egg on whole wheat bread with cheese & 4 slices of bacon

Midmorning snack
Usually none, but frequent the doughnuts

Lunch:
Chicken breast, cup of rice, and some type of veg. Drink juice and usually have a yogert and fruit as a desert.

Dinner:
1 1/2 chicken breast, 1/2 cups rice, some type of veg, gateraid for drink, and some type of cookie or brownies for desert.

After dinner snack:
Balance Bars - Typically the trail mix kind
plus
Some type of crackers and cheese or pretzels

Don't drink alcohol except beer on the weekends.
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