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overtraining or mental?(2 posts)

overtraining or mental?cam3
Aug 16, 2002 11:58 AM
I have a strange question that maybe someone can help shed light on. Recently, I seem to be very inconsistent in my riding. Some weeks, I can stay with the lead pack on fast training rides while others I struggle to hang on at a much slower pace. I seem to notice these inconsistencies cluster around times of stress, but this week that wasn't really the case. I think a mental component is a contributing factor because I will feel myself just giving up, not really trying to jump back on. I don't know why I am doing this because it is not really in my character to just quit. Is this overtraining? Any suggestions at what I can do to overcome this?
Aug 16, 2002 12:39 PM
Over training could be a possiblity, but not likely. When your over trained, it's usually consistently bad days, elevated heart rate, possibly unable to get quality rest. We all cycle. You body cannot be at 100% all the time, training is just another form of stress and when your particularly stressed out, it could effect your ability to perform at the level you have previously. Same with the ability of mentally driving yourself. All top athlete's lose. Sorry, your human, not a machine. The main thing is to try to focus the times when your performing at your peak, on those times when it's really important to you. Such as a certain race or competing against someone you don't want to lose to. LoL