According to my sports medicine doctor, I have early onset over-training syndrome caused by the combination of 6.5 years of basically non-stop training and a drastic change in fuel sources.
He isn't anti-Low Carb diet by any means (and he's an elite marathoner), but he thinks the sudden change from such a high carb, vegan diet combined with a 12 week half IM training plan, depleted all my stored energy and basically when I finished that race in Galveston -- I had no energy reserves left for intense, endurance exercise.
He thinks I was headed towards over-training syndrome regardless of diet since I have been training non-stop since August of 2006, but the diet change was something that caused the symptoms to speed up.
This kind of reminds me of when I went cold-turkey barefoot and vibram fivefingers. I was hurt within a few months because I made the transition too fast. Not that there's anything wrong with minimal running/walking, it's just a longer transition than I was ready to give it.
Likewise, a low-carb, high-fat diet is good and sustainable, I just didn't give myself enough time to transition from 18 months of extremely high carb and very low fat if I wanted to keep training for long, intense, endurance events.
So it would have been fine it a) I wasn't training for a long endurance event, and b) if I wasn't insulin resistant. The insulin resistance makes it harder for my body to get the energy to where it needs to go -- especially if I'm not giving myself the easily digestible/convertible carbohydrates from sugars, grains, fruits, etc...
So how do I fix it?
4-6 weeks of complete rest. One or two weeks isn't enough. I will do some resistance exercise (anaerobic) and do a ton of mobility work (Supple Leopard) and not much else until at least the first of August.
Then I add some endurance training back in, see how I feel, and make sure to give my system a few more carbs on or before my days of longer exercise. He said it was fine to keep it around or fewer than 100 of carbs on or before intense exercise days -- and that it wouldn't be good to go back to 2-300 per day like I was doing.
And when I'm "resting" I can keep carbs at or below 50g.
So that's the deal. I had ruled out over training due to a low resting HR and high HR variability. But apparently you can still have those things and be in "early onset" overtraining. The next phase would have been an elevated resting HR and trouble sleeping, which is a much more serious problem and takes much longer to recover from.
Lots of athletes that don't track HR and don't know that they're having an elevated HR during exercise would just push through and try harder to offset the decrease in endurance and speed. But that has a catastrophic effect.
So here we go -- for the next several weeks this blog will be for anyone wanting to find out what happens to someone who is over-trained.
I'm very frustrated by this but at the same time it's kind of a load off and a relief to rest. I'm in this for the long-term so I'll do whatever I have to do to get back to where I was...
I'm also not planning any races for the future until I fix this. I haven't had no races on my schedule since July of 2006...7 years ago.