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Old 06-20-2007, 06:14 AM   #1
Chris Melanson
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I think I've been hit by a truck...
3 heavy MC WODs in 5 days have left me completly flat, sore, fatigued and "stupider" than normal.

Have I made a brush with uncle Rhabdo?

I was feeling "off" all week, but I pushed into it anyway with -

1) The ECG WOD; # rnds in 20:
- 15 DU (Subbed Tuck Js)
- 15 Burpees
- 15 Box Js
- 15 Rope (Subbed pull-ups)

-> Dozen pulls shy of 5 rnds

2) Own WOD; For T:
- 21 DL w/145lbs
- 21 Hang Cleans (65lbs for the rest)
- 21 Push Press
- 21 Snatch
- 21 OHS
- 21 Thrusters
- 21 Pull-ups
- 21 R Dips
- 21 Jumping MU
- 21 GHD sits
- 21 Back Extension
- 21 Wall Ball (20&10)

-> 25:36

...this WOD was in some ways similar to what proved to be a MetCon Bomb:

3) 21-18-15-12-9 Rep Rnds w/95lbs:
- Deads
- Hang Power Cleans
- Front Squats
- Push Jerks

-> 28:29

Not great times on any WOD, but it feels to me that the combination of these WODs, particularly when I was already insufficiently recovered and not getting my Zzz's, has really punished my system.

Can't rest enough...
Can't eat enough...
Can't sleep enough...
Brain is in quicksand...
Body aches...

The last time I felt like this was the 1st time I tried a "Full Murph."

Have I suffered a MetCon Meltdown?
Can anybody relate?


(bloodwork and check-up tomorrow)

(Message edited by C_Mel on June 20, 2007)
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:18 AM   #2
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Standard Disclaimer: this post is meant to be used as general information. It is not meant to be medical advice or a prescription for treatment and should not be used as such. Consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

In the absence of very dark urine and the other sever symptoms of "Rhabdo" it is highly unlikely that you have had Rhabdomyolysis (capital R). However, when you have your check-up and they do your bloodwork you will absolutely have a CPK bump in skeletal muscle band from your work-outs. This is normal. Be careful to explain in detail what you have been doing for your doctor.

The most likely explanation is that you are under-recovered from your string of met-cons. I did 4 in a row at the end of last week, ending with "95 pounds of hell" on Sunday. My performance on Sunday was awful, a clear example of under-recovery. Time for a break! Take a look at the foundations article in the CFJ, as well as the articles on how the WOD cycles are structured. I can't remember seeing three met-cons in a row from Coach.
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:10 PM   #3
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your syptoms point to overtraining. the workout of 21's was overtraining in and of itself. i'm a metcon junkie too, but i'm old enough (translate; wise enough) to feel the heaviness in my legs and go lighter when i should.

do you know your resting heart rate? a classic sign of overtraing is a resting heart rate that runs 10% higer in the morning (before you get out of bed).
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks Darrell & Connie,

Actually, the 21 WOD was the "easiest" of the three. I think it was the back-to-back combination of the three on an already empty tank that flattened me. Usually a day's break between met-conns is all I need - not this time.

Bit of a virus hanging around? Wife, who does not CF is complaining about some similar symptoms.

Resting HR - low 50s, no change there, just completely drained and aching all over, particularly the joints and lower back.

Completely whacked and racked! Need more "quality" R&R I guess...

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Old 06-26-2007, 01:14 AM   #5
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:56 AM   #6
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Possibly. I feel "virussy" at the moment too although it's not a cold with snots and the like. Best to rest in any case and come back when you feel well enough. In the meantime, take some walks and do some stretching or yoga or something not too strenuous.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:48 AM   #7
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This is good. Take time off to recover and eat and drink like you were working out still. This way your body will go into super-compensation mode and you will pack on some good amount of muscle while you recover. You may need 4 to 7 days.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:31 AM   #8
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I'd put money on "under recovered"

Remember, workouts are only part of the improvement puzzle. It goes like this:

Step 1) Workout - Stress the body to a certain desired point in a certain desired manner
Step 2) Recovery - Rest and light effort to maintain blood flow and allow the body to rebuild itself stronger than it was before step 1.
Step 3) Go to step 1

You may need to take off only a day, or it may be a few days. If you're severely under-recovered ("overtrained"), you may need up to a week or two. Really really bad cases of athletes has been people who needed a month or two to fully recover.

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Old 06-28-2007, 10:01 AM   #9
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Lab reults:
- Blood work (mostly) fine (*platelettes low?)
- ECG "normal" (resting HR 39BPM???) usually low 50s I thought

Feeling better and back into the WODs but taking it easy:
Mon - Font squats & Pwr Clns up to 135
Tue - 5k run = 32min
Wed - 50 x 45lb thrusters & 35 pulls -> all by 3 = 19 min

Follow up w/GP today - to repeat blood work ->platelettes?

Of concern: I've observed some arrythmias, given referral to Heart Institute for a battery of tests (family history potential?)

Doc says CF still ok :biggrinthumb: but they are gonna strap a holter-monitor on me :angry000: - I think I'll introduce that sucka to Fran!:bleh0000:

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