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What should you do when you overtrain?...(6 posts)

What should you do when you overtrain?...Bigburlymtnman
Aug 21, 2002 9:39 AM
I'm just wondering what you should do if you ever overtrain? Just sit around the house and rest a few days, should you go out and spin easily, what exactly should you do? Thanks in advance.

Chardin
Sleep lots, eat right, and don't say the word anaerobic. (nm)Quack
Aug 21, 2002 9:48 AM
re: What should you do when you overtrain?...joekm
Aug 21, 2002 11:39 AM
I just went through that so I can mention what I did. Keep in mind that I'm an amatuer so YMMV. Last Saturday, I went on a ride primarily to check out the safety of a reccommended canal crossing in Delaware. Anyway, sorta took the scenic route and spent almost an hour and a half in my anaerobic heart range. I just didn't ride the next two days (was too busy anyway) and then spun and easy 10 miles on the rollers the third day.

Legs aren't sore anymore and morning heart rate appears to be back to normal so I think that worked for me.
re: What should you do when you overtrain?...sweetbuns
Aug 21, 2002 1:09 PM
Definitely get horizontal and sleep more than normal. Allow your body to wake up when it is ready, don't let an alarm or another person disrupt your rest.

Sophia
re: What should you do when you overtrain?...DINOSAUR
Aug 21, 2002 3:47 PM
Your body needs time to rest once and awhile. When I start to overtrain the symptoms are: Tiredness, lack of motivation (don't feel like riding), clumsiness (I start to bang into everything in the house), and I feel damn right mean spirited. Two things I do are: take a complete day off from any type of physical activity, then I either just cut back to riding 5 days a week instead of 6, or I cut back my ride miles. Most of it for me has to do with the heat. Heat takes a toll on the body day in and day out. You need an easy week now and then. If your body breaks down it can lead to injury and you won't be riding at all. I also started to shoot for a certain miles for a set period of time and when I reach my goal I take some time off, then I start back over again. I can't ride all year round without some type of rest....even the pros take a vacation off the bike now and then...and as mentioned before. if you think you are overtraining, your probably are...otherwise this question would not enter your mind....rent some movies, hang out around the house, get lots of sleep and drink a lot of water....also make sure you are eating right, lot's of veggies and fruit....
Overtrain centralLeroy
Aug 22, 2002 5:59 AM
I have presented all those symptoms this week. Except for the "not riding" part, I thought I had taken care of it. Turns out I have had an enormous case of the @$$ because of overtraining/little recovery. I had a crash last week that I was lucky to walk away from, didn't rest to heal up, kept riding in the Texas heat, and kept the mileage up, too. I'm also on a diet to lose about 6-7 pounds. Stupid. I take one day off - yesterday - and it's like I had a personality transplant. Life is good again.

Dave Loving