Sleep is the best meditation.
– Dalai Lama
Sometimes after a hard weekend of racing, meditation — in any form — is a good idea. If you accelerate the intensity and durations of your workouts as the week progresses, Monday is a great day for recovery sessions, organization, visualization, and planning for the upcoming week. Or, whoever said your workout for the day can’t be an extra hour of sleep? Maybe you need it? You might be overtraining.
If you are passionate about obstacle racing you are a prime candidate to let your enthusiasm carry you into ‘overtraining’ – this is when the volume and intensity of an individual’s exercise exceeds their recovery capacity. What happens very often is that within a week or two, a person goes from sedentary to exercising 5-7 days a week.
There is a misunderstanding about training that is easy to fall into when training: more is not necessarily better. Sometimes a recovery workout is just what you need to get back to a position to push hard again.
Here are 4 typical symptoms that a person who is pushing their boundaries too fast might experience.
Loss of enthusiasm for training – Suddenly your once favoriate activity is your least favorite chore.
Elevated resting heart rate – Many athletes check their heart rate first thing in the morning. If it is elevated above their average, they see that as being indicative that they are not fully recovered and in need of more rest.
Decreased feelings of a full recovery – Whether it’s a persistent fatigue and muscle soreness, or a mental slump, if you are not feeling full throttle after your usual rest period, you might want to look at revising your workload.
Listen to your body, it might be telling you something.
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