I have been training since July and have had some awesome gains. I have put my OCD powers to work on making sure I have the best diet and training regimen to blast past my current levels. I have had a few hiccups here and there but have recognized and addressed issues as they arise and nothing has turned into a major stall.
I do all the research and planning regarding my diet and Ironloo has been helping me with some of the training. Thanks Bro! The upperbody training has been awesome, it is combined focus on strength, ultra strength, and endurance done on separate days. The leg workout (my fault) has been charging up a mountain as fast as I can 4-6 times per week. My legs have totally hit the wall and soreness in my glutes and calves is just not going away. This is the first sign of overtraining along with a regression in performance. I do think I have had that too but it was masked by still making it up the mountain faster (that was sheer determination and drive as I had to push so much harder on my legs that were giving me much less). Loo has directed me to stop running for at least 2 weeks and start a high rep squat/ lunge day. The problem is that I have a 5k race on Sat and I do not want to be a turtle out there. I could follow Ironloo's advice to the letter and drop the race (makes sense), and may do that, but naturally I am going to look for a dietary solution.
I have dialed in my diet and sups pretty good but....dang it...havent put an extreme amount of thought into mineral needs. When working out for an hour 3x per week mineral supplementation isnt really an issue. When working out 3hrs 4-5x per week mineral supplementation becomes very important. Or so I have found out.
Time to fix the problem and move on, improve. I wont take my body's excuse. Here
is an article on the 10 most important nutrients needed for the endurance athlete.Here
is another article with a great list of natural sources. Sometimes though, it is very difficult to get all the nutrients we athletes need from diet alone.