First I'd like to say thank you to everyone for providing so much helpful information.
Since I'm new here, here is a bit of background.
I'm a retired pro endurance athlete. I have always been 100% clean and am a firm believer in testing for competitive sports. Over the course of my career however, I wore my body down. I have tears in my knee, hip, and both shoulders. I am still able to power through exercises, though many are relatively painful. I still spend over 20 hours per week working out and am in solid shape. I was never the most talented athlete, but I always refused to take no for an answer. I'm at the point where I sometimes feel like the choice is being taken from me. Additionally, I've been so overtrained at points that I've had all sorts of adrenal/endocrine issues. I feel I have never fully recovered because it's not in my personality to give myself time off.
Though my body isn't cooperative, there are still many things in my life that I would like to do and accomplish that are extremely physically taxing. Since I am no longer tested on a regular basis by WADA and USADA, I want to explore new options that will make getting out of bed easier in the morning.
My main goal is not bulking. I do not care about size AT ALL. Aesthetics are of literally no value to me. I don't care if I get bigger or smaller. My goals are joint health and strength, cardio AND muscular endurance, recovery, improved energy, that overall sense of well being I used to have, and any positive mental effects (I know, wouldn't we all like this).
More simply, I want a bit of help getting back to how I felt in my prime. I need to be able to cope with massive amounts of pushups, running, pull ups, and bodyweight excercises.
From the research I've done, peptides seem as if they may be my best bet for joint health and recovery. I realize the damage wont fully heal, but anything will be great, even if it cuts down on tendinosis. The peptides I think fit this bill from the research I've done are:
and I've seen some people put HGH into the peptide class.
I'm planning on speaking with a doctor about the possibility of TRT.
The final three possibilities I've considered are:
Equipoise - is this the same as "EQ"?
I've had bloodwork done so I can provide values for anything you may find useful.
I've also considered DHEA and EPO, but will probably avoid EPO due to the risks.
Ideally, I would like to be able to take something weekly on a Sunday, and feel the benefits through Friday. The ideal duration of this would be 21 weeks, but I understand if this is unreasonable.
I'm still trying to get the hang of the names, different benefits, combinations, and dosages. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Some of the peptides seem to have very similar names so please correct me if I mess any up. I want to get this right.