I have decided to kick my beloved coffee until at least my race. "Why" you ask. I have always had trouble sleeping, and now that my diet, training, and sleeping quarters are in order, there must be something that is stopping me from getting a restful night's sleep. I believe I have high cortisol levels, and with the stress that I put on my body from training, I think the addition of caffeine is like putting gas on the adrenal fatigue fire. I plan on going 14 days without coffee, and I will keep track of my sleep and training throughout, to see if it is working.
I am a little scared of quitting coffee. On one side, coffee boosts energy and tons of antioxidants etc., and I have been using it for a while to improve performance. If I give up coffee, I could be giving up what has been keeping my training going. On the other hand, if I am able to decrease my stress levels and cortisol, and improve my sleep, then I think I will be able to increase performance by getting enough useful sleep. I have always been a believer in the fact that if you don't get good sleep, all the training in the world won't do you any good.
There is the addiction side to coffee as well. I love the taste and the way it makes me feel. I will have to get over my love of coffee. This is going to be tough!