Athletes are a notoriously hard working bunch, carving out a dozen or more hours each week to train for their chosen sport. Especially with cycling, there is a misconception that “more is better” and it often leads to overextending yourself. Remember that training stress stacks up on every other stress in your life: family, work, kids, paying bills, doing tasks around the house, etc. It's easy to turn a blind eye to the stress you deal with every day and focus solely on your training stress, but in reality, you're doing yourself a disservice.
This is generally the reason the busiest athletes find themselves stuck in an every declining spiral of training, declining performance and training harder, hoping to reverse the trend. Overtraining is a condition where the body is taxed beyond it's ability to recover, and is a very real condition that I see in a certain percentage of athletes. And yes, it's mostly the guys who get up at 4AM to train for 2 hours, get to work by 7AM, work hard all day, get home by 6PM only to eat, walk the dog, spend time with kids and go to bed late.
Then they repeat it the next day.
And the next day, and the next, over and over.
When performance starts declining, typically they add more training, maybe an after-work session or a longer morning session, hoping to see the trends reverse and performance to climb again. Usually, it doesn't work, overtraining sets in and suddenly, they've dug a deep hole they're stuck in.
In today's podcast I'll discuss the signs and symptoms of overtraining as well as some of the ways to dig yourself out of the overtraining hole if you find yourself there. Don't forget to leave comments below or on the Tailwind Coaching Facebook page, don't forget the coupon code at the end of the show notes and don't forget to share with your friends by clicking the bubbles on the left of the page!