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2013-08-02 5:01 PM

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Completed my first IM six days ago. I'm still exhausted, sleep 9 hours at night, take an hour nap after work...feel so tired....it's also very difficult for me to stay concentrated at work. I'm 49. In pretty good shape. In triathlon for 6 years, and just pass a 20 weeks training plan to IMLP. My question is: is it normal...? How long to recover to a point I will start to functionning normaly...?


2013-08-02 5:09 PM
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Just six days? I'm not sure you're appreciating what you put your body through
2013-08-02 5:12 PM
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I know what I put my body trough, but six days after should'nt bring a small improvment....???
2013-08-02 5:26 PM
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Totally normal. It usually takes me about 4 weeks to recover from an IM. After about 2 weeks, I feel kind of OK, but any activity wears me out quickly.

Congrats on your IM!
2013-08-02 5:38 PM
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give it some time, 6 days is nothing. Next week you will start to feel a bit better. 10 hours of sleep a night if you can get it.
2013-08-03 11:14 AM
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+1 to other replies.
And recovery from deep fatigue does not get easier as we age


2013-08-03 11:25 AM
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it took me a lot of time to recover from my IM... I remember trying to run an easy 3 miles 2-3 weeks after and I was shocked at how hard it was! take it easy and bask in the accomplishment

2013-08-03 12:04 PM
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A lot depends on how your race went, your age, your recovery ability, and your history as an endurance athlete.

If you had an awesome race for you, pacing correctly and spot on for nutrition you drained yourself more than a race where you executed poorly and ended up walking a lot.

Most take a full month to recover. Your body is saying it needs sleep so sleep. Hard thing to deal with post IM is the incredible fitness you have as well as the fatigue. It is hard to say good bye to your IM fitness but some will go as your recover.

How did your race go?

2013-08-03 12:53 PM
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I found eat, sleep, drink and stretching were the fastest way to recovery. Too me 10 days before I wasn't dog tired and I started light training again after two weeks. Was back in the groove after 3.
2013-08-03 4:13 PM
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Originally posted by KathyG

A lot depends on how your race went, your age, your recovery ability, and your history as an endurance athlete.

If you had an awesome race for you, pacing correctly and spot on for nutrition you drained yourself more than a race where you executed poorly and ended up walking a lot.

Most take a full month to recover. Your body is saying it needs sleep so sleep. Hard thing to deal with post IM is the incredible fitness you have as well as the fatigue. It is hard to say good bye to your IM fitness but some will go as your recover.

How did your race go?




I've done a lot of Oly and 70.3 distances, some marathons. Was my first IM. Went well IMO, as 1:30 swim, 7:30 bike. Problems started at mile 7 on the marathon. Isiotibiale TT band don't wanna continue the run...took me 6 hours to complete the marathon, in full pain. As I can see, it will take me a month to recover. It's ok, just that I expected to be in better shape after a week...:0)
2013-08-28 4:21 PM
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Four weeks after IMLP....no more tired....back in training....smootly....very difficult to contrôle my hearth beat....normaly at 142-145 on the run and now unable to go under 160....difficult tu run more than 10 km....so I'm now put some gym power training.


2013-08-28 4:30 PM
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Make sure you're staying hydrated and eating quality foods. It'll help nudge your body in the right direction.
2013-08-28 5:03 PM
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You might also get your iron checked-- make sure they check ferritin levels.
2013-08-28 5:40 PM
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How about running slower and keeping your HR at what you normal run at instead of pushing up HR.

Glad the fatigue is better.

2013-08-28 6:02 PM
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Zef, I did IMLp also and though I am back to training 5 days a week, I have to do shorter interval stuff....can't see to do anything over 2500s/ 30 mi bike/ 10 mile run right now.....was a mess a few weeks ago but getting better...it was my first
2013-08-28 6:45 PM
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I second giving it another week or so and if you are still exhausted (not just a little tired), get your iron checked. I was anemic after my first IM. I felt super tired for months until my ob/gyn decided to check my iron levels and I was extremely low. 4 months on iron supplements and I felt sensational again. At the time they said IM could have contributed to the issue - although likely not the only cause of it. So worth checking out (simple blood test) if you don't start feeling better in a few weeks.

I did my second IM last year and was monitored a couple of times during training. My iron was stable and the recovery time was much faster. I was tired for a week and then got back into training again for a marathon without any problems.


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