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Overtrained?(6 posts)

May 7, 2002 8:49 AM
I started racing this year and in the last few weeks my legs started to ache all the time, even when just sitting on the couch. After a very long and hard base period, I started training with hill repeats, intervals and sprinting about 10 weeks ago and gradually increased the efforts. Now when I go hard up a long hill or try to maintain TT pace my legs do not get that lactic acid burn, just sort of feel fatigued and it becomes hard to turn the pedals quickly. The last week or so I have tried to take it easy, but my legs do not feel any better.
May 7, 2002 8:59 AM
Sounds like you need another week of soft pedaling and resting. When I did a really deep hole for myself, it can take several weeks of easy riding to come out of it.

That's all you can do. If you don't rest, you will likely get worse or just remain lethargic and sore. It takes discipline to rest. It's just as important as riding hard, though.

It might help not to ride with others while resting. The temptation to push hard is greater with others around.
re: Overtrained?mixinbeatz
May 7, 2002 9:00 AM
If your legs hurt all the time, you have big problems(overtraining). I would take a week completely off and take it easy when you get back on the bike. I would focus on going hard on hard days but taking it really easy on easy days. My motto, it is better to be undertrained with fresh legs, than it is to be overtrained and feeling weak on the bike. I would focus on listening to your body, if you feel weak one day, take it easy, if you feel good, go hard. I have gotten to the point when I can feel when I need to back off. I had a crash racing a couple weeks ago, and just got back on the bike for the first time yesterday. After and hour on the trainer my legs feel better than they have in the last couple of months.
re: Try something else if you can't stay still.dzrider
May 7, 2002 9:54 AM
Take some days off. Swim, jog, hike, tennis, some other activity that will allow you to feel active but not push yourself as hard as your cycling sounds. We want every workout to have a purpose, but when every workout is hard it ignores that sometimes the purpose is to recover from the last workout.

I've learned over the years that 6 days a week produces better results for me than 7. After 8 or 9 days in a row, even with cross-training, I feel physically and mentally stale. You'll find what your body needs if you pay attention and try new patterns when you fell like you're feeling now.
Swimming is great idea. nmelviento
May 7, 2002 10:49 AM
re: Overtrained?LC
May 7, 2002 10:28 PM
Looks like I will just pedal like least till this weekend and then have to race again since I am already preregistered.