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overtraining(3 posts)

Aug 6, 2002 6:15 AM
Sorry to post another thread on overtraining, but I'm a little concerned about some symptoms I'm experiencing. I've made an appointment at my doctor for this afternoon because my heart has been racing this morning. It beats normally for a while and then periodically feels kind of fluttery and my pulse seems to pick up. I have never had heart problems and come from a family with strong hearts.

I'm wondering if I might be overtraining, although I haven't felt like I was overdoing it until perhaps on Sunday. After a fast 45-mile ride on Saturday, I rode a tough 50-miler over a very hilly route on Sunday. I felt OK on the ride, but my legs were tired and the heat and humidity were bothering me more than usual. Despite drinking lots of Gatorade and eating a Cliff Bar, my left quad totally cramped up on the final climb of the ride, 1/2 mile from the end -- something that's never happened to me before. I had to jump off my bike and stretch for a while to make it up the hill and back to my truck. I felt pretty toasted the rest of the day. Although I planned to take Monday off, I ended up riding 25 miles at a moderate pace (15-16 mph) Monday, but it was very hot (90 degrees) and it's always hilly around here. I didn't sleep well last night and woke up feeling kind of antsy, and then noticed my heart racing.

My mileage for the weekend was nothing out of the ordinary, and I have ridden over 4,400 miles so far this year, including 950 miles in June. I nearly always include some recovery and off days in my weekly training routine, as well as higher and lower mileage weeks. But the heat this summer in NC has been oppressive, with 47 days so far above 90 degrees and high humidity.

Anyway, I'm not looking for medical advice, as I plan to see my doctor. But I'm just wondering if these symptoms are consistent with others who have experienced overtraining problems. I haven't noticed other symptoms often cited, such as not wanting to ride, depression, lethargy. And I haven't had trouble sleeping until last night or experienced erratic heart beats or cramps before now. Also, I do not use a heart rate monitor, so I don't have any information in that regard.
if you think you probably are...eschelon
Aug 6, 2002 6:29 AM
You've got to listen to your body. Sometimes all of the visual signs can be deceiving and only "listening" to the visual signs is pure folley. I've already have taken numerous "breaks" of training this season whenever I felt the onset of overtraining coming along...I probably lost some minor bit of fitness for that week, but the gains I got from taking that bit of respite more than made up for the the form of renewed mental and physical interest in training. The first day of getting back into the speed groove was a bitch...but before I knew it, my body was back to full speed and recovering faster than before. Listen to your body. Sometimes too much pain has no gain.
I have noticed some difficulties.....STEELYeyed
Aug 6, 2002 6:30 AM
when I am having work or family issues,it seems any emotional stress can really mess up your training when you are at a high level of physical stress. To be a pro,I think that you would almost have to isolate yourself from your personal issues to keep focused. Heat and humidity can also cause undo stress if you are not used to it.