The below following was read from TrainerRoad forum.
I am facing similar condition. Anyone in SUF is facing the same condition.
Or is there anyone will like to share what is going on from medical point of view and perhaps how to alleviate the condition.
I am figuring that too much leg work has been going on this year. Maybe I should train up my upper body. Will this alleviate the condition?
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Before I begin I’ll state that I’m seeking professional medical advice from my doctor, but I still would appreciate opinions from fellow cyclists who’ve experienced similar issues.
40 year old male
I have a pretty stressful job and several young children, I would categorize family life as very stressful
Started cycling May 2018 with bike commuting, started regular training regimen with TR in May of 2019
May 2018 I weighed 240 lbs, I have since dropped that to 209 lbs as of today, about 1/3 that weight was lost in the last two months.
Resting HR between 45-60 bpm, depending on whether I exercised that day or not. My resting HR has been steadily dropping the more I’ve been cycling.
5-6 hours/week on the bike
6-7 hours sleep with a couple wakes a night.
Last week I experienced a near fainting episode while singing with my kids, shortly after I gathered myself I developed a minor headache that went away with Tylenol but felt tired for the rest of the day. Since then, I’ve been having issues with dizziness when standing up from lying down.
The near-fainting episode happened at the end of a pretty hard cycling week. I did 3 difficult outdoor rides. 1 was a ride up a local mountain where I shaved 14% off my best time (thanks to TR!) and another was my first group ride over 50 miles, I would categorize it as a fast ride at 19.9 mph average with about 1,600 feet of climbing (again, thanks to TR!).
I am strength training twice a week along with my cycling program.
Could I be overtrained? I’m only on the low volume short-power build plan which, while extremely hard per workout, only equates to 300-350 TSS per week.
When I consulted Dr. Google it appears a lot of endurance athletes suffer from orthostatic hypotension, though I haven’t had the time to read through the studies to find out exactly why. But again, who is an endurance athlete? A 40-year old guy who rides 3 times a week or a 20-year old collegiate athlete?
If you’ve had similar issues with dizziness please let me know your thoughts. Again, I’m seeking medical advice and I hope to get this issue resolved, but I’d like to know the thoughts of other cyclists who have experienced these issues.
Thank you in advance!