For those of you who have done multiple long course tris and/or have been into tris for multiple years, do you ever reach a point where 10-12(or more) hours a week of training doesn't keep you feeling tired all of time regardless of average hours slept? Just curious and thanks.
I'm doing 17+ hours a week of dedicated time (stretching sessions, warmups before the workout starts, muscle therapy) and maybe 12-15 hrs of actually working out. Averaging maybe 5-7 hrs of sleep, sometimes less sometimes more. It sucked at first, but then I learned about liquid life (coffee). After I started drinking it every morning I got used to the new load and don't feel that tired anymore, its been about 16 weeks now.
I've probably averaged 10-12 hours for a couple of years and no, I'm not tired all the time. At times I'd like to get more sleep than I do, but that's always true whether I'm training hard or not. Not sure if you're referring to muscle fatigue from training or overall fatigue. My legs tend to be tired the day after a long or hard bike or run. As for sleep, it doesn't seem to matter if I train or not--in fact my quality of sleep is lower if I don't train. I find that what really tires me out isn't training but my job--I'm on my feet most of the day and think it impairs recovery. When I'm on summer break, I find I can handle much more training and still feel energetic with the same amount of sleep. You might want to look into factors that could be affecting your quality of sleep, such as mattress, caffeine habits, pre-bedtime activities, as well as nutrition. Low iron levels, or not refueling enough after workouts, can definitely lead to chronic fatigue.
For me, a lot depends on what I am doing when I'm not training. In the summer, when I'm doing yard work, washing cars, playing with my son, etc. I get pretty tired regardless of the amount of sleep I get. But if I'm not very active except to train, I'm usually pretty fired up to get me workout in.
It probably has alot to do with your age as well as stress in your life as opposed to considering only your general hours of training.
I recall being out all night quite frequently as many are in their college years and 20s, without any problems. At middle age with 3 young kids I'm ready goto sleep at 9 whether I trained or not. :-)
For myself, even with a small training load compared to most at 6-8hours/week I have experienced a feeling a permanent fatigue despite getting 8+hours a night sleep. Thinking back I was doing some 90min-120min run/swim bricks each week. I didn't feel both sore or too exhausted afterwards, but I probably wasn't giving my body enough time to recover. I ended up taking 2 weeks off training.