Falling apart in a long recovery/layoff period
Because of summer vacationing, gym closures and conferences to attend, I've been given basically a 5 or 6 week layoff from weight lifting and sprinting and I'm on week 4 of it.
Here's the thing, when I ceased the lifting and sprinting August 9, it took a full week or more before I felt normal. I sort of fell apart during that time. I got really achy and sore and felt weak and fatigued. After a week of total rest I felt pretty good and could hike and backpack feeling great. Then last week when I did some squats and goodmornings I was totally crippled with DOMS for about 4 days after. As if I had never done them before. I also did one sprint session and felt out-of-sorts afterwards. I could not get my heart rate down very quickly like previously. All this weekend I felt quite fatigued and tired. I just wanted to sit in the shade.
What do you think all this means? Is it just that I was doing too much and not getting enough recovery or is it a sign of something else? Burned out adrenals? Laziness from not exercising very strenuously for a while? Am I just a weenie and wasn't doing enough before the layoff? What do you think I should do when they gym opens back up again?
Please understand that I'm a 48-year-old woman and not some young guy full of wild oats.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.