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Fatigue(4 posts)

Apr 5, 2001 8:23 AM
I'm 39 years old and have been riding for 15 years and I know all the training theories on intervals, long rides, recovery, nutrition, rest, etc. I know my body pretty well and I usually have a couple doldrum periods throughout the season. In March, I had my 3 week hard period followed by 8 days of recovery. On 30 March, the start of my next 3 week hard period, I did a fairly long interval session, but only 5 minutes longer than the one I did in my last "hard" week. I felt ok on the 31st and Apr 1, however on Apr 2 I rode for 20 minutes and felt terrible. I took it easy on Apr 3-4 and today I still don't feel right. No other symptoms just quad fatigue. About 10 days ago I discontinued my swimming and lower weight training regimen for the season and I wonder if my body is somehow decompensating as I change to more riding and less cross-training. Anyone else experience something similar?
re: FatigueDog
Apr 5, 2001 10:02 AM
Sometimes if you really over do it, it can takes weeks to recover. I didn't realize it at first, but I'm pretty hammered from my fast double this last Saturday. I'm tempted to keep going hard, as that is what my self-made schedule says, but I know better. On an impromptu group ride Tuesday night, with a group that ends up racing back to town, I had to resist the temptation to mix it up, as I knew it would be bad for me. It took discipline to maintain my plan, despite seeing everyone else speed off and down the road. Point is, if you need to rest, go alone. You'll likely get pushed too hard with others.

Last July, I did an extremely difficult ride around July 2, getting ready for a 150 mile mountain climb event late July. I really punished myself, climbing 20% grades at altitude in a 21 cog. Then, 2 days later, I went on another long, hard ride. I failed to rest that week, and blew my entire training for July -- I just could not recover, and went into the event with almost no quality training for 3 weeks. Just blew it.

If you are sore to the point of not being able to walk up stairs and the like, you must rest. Do some 20-30 mile very easy recovery rides, even if it means going 12 mph. Listen to your body. Be disciplined, which sometimes means going slowly. The phrase "no pain, no gain" has been replaced with "no BRAIN, no gain."

re: FatigueJBergland
Apr 5, 2001 11:47 AM
I think what Doud posted is sooooo true!! Having coached some high school and college track teams along with running myself, I can honestly say REST is the most important part of training. It's interesting to watch younger (ie high school & college) athletes train. Most of the time they just do what the coach says. That isn't always true. I had a 1/2 & 1/4 miler one year that was state bound... this kid was pretty fast!! Instead of resting 2 days before a big meet, he went out and did 10 4x4s... hard!! When I asked him if he had rested over the weekend like we had talked about he said "No. I thought if 7-8 4x4s (the work-out we did the week before) was good for me, then 10 on the weekend would be even better!"

I still am amazed sometimes at how fast young athletes can recover. At 17-18 years old, some can truly do just about ANYTHING!! I know that was something I struggled with in my mid 20s... my body just didn't recover like it used to!!:(
Base Miles?credit agricole
Apr 6, 2001 5:30 PM
Have you tried looking at the number of base miles you've put in until now? You may just need a period of doing lots of long aerobic rides.