Taking it back a few clicks, my sister had her thyroid out early in June and as it runs in the family, I went to kaiser to get mine checked out. I thought, huh, I've been abnormally tired now for a while...like needing to take a nap in the middle of the day, going to bed at 8PM kind of tired. Not your regular Ironman training tired. I've been training and racing for long enough that I know what that tired is supposed to feel like and this wasn't that. And did I mention the cranky pants that have been on SO tight that I don't even know how to begin to take them off? I just try to be quiet so that no one sees those pants. The jury is still out on the whole thyroid thing, and that could be adding to the fatigue I've been having so we'll see. Can you say, "hot mess"?!!
So I ask the GP to test my ferritin levels and he gives me a "why would you do that"
|The latest addition to the Ironman Club, Jenny!|
I am lucky enough to have some great resources available to me and it turns out that low iron is not just like being pregnant in terms of exercising through it. I always think when I get pregnant that I will continue to train...I'm not going to be sick, just in a +1 situation and no harm will come of continuing to exercise. Turns out this is not the case with low iron and if I continue to train hard through it, I will not recover quickly and will ruin my later season goals.
|Time to celebrate the birthday boy!|
So maybe my iron started dropping after Los Cabos and Texas was just the icing on the cake that sealed the deal. I'm supplementing and of course taking Vitamin C for absorption. Hoping to turn this ship around so that come August I can get back on the horse and have a good build before Kona. I also have an appt with an actual sports Dr. next week so am looking forward to seeing what else I can do to impact my recovery time.
|The back garden|
|Not that this is bad, BUT...where's my bike?!|
How about you, anyone else have experience with iron issues?