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Question for Doug Sloan (and others)...(5 posts)

Question for Doug Sloan (and others)...rwbadley
Jul 26, 2003 12:14 AM
I know you have done some high mileage days/weeks in the past, and I'm curious about something.

After a particularly high effort in sustained training or events, when you exceeded a normal average output by a fairly substantial margin, how long was it before you felt recovery mentally, as well as physically.

I recently did a high output (week) and even though I felt recovered physically within a few days (after eating and sleeping constantly) it seemed about eight or ten days before mental recovery allowed me to get back into 'the groove'

re: Question for Doug Sloan (and others)...TNSquared
Jul 26, 2003 7:25 AM
Sounds about right to me. My experience is more running based, but with either single day events like a full marathon, or college track meets where I had to run several 5000 meter qualifying heats/races in the course of a few days, it usually took me about 2 weeks to get over the mental "staleness" from the concerted efforts. My legs were usually fine within a few days. After any competitive season or marathon build-up period, I usually take 2 weeks off to recharge (and re-introduce myself to my family.)

I did have one marathon in particular that I'm not sure I ever mentally recovered from - ended up in the hospital and took 6 bags of saline through an IV. Still have nightmares. :)
Jul 26, 2003 7:31 AM
J (Haiku Shop J) has almost coerced me into doing a 24 hour run/walk event here in Memphis in early October.

Assuming we don't both regain higher cognitive functions and change our minds, one of us we'll let you know how long it takes to recover mentally from that little endeavor. That is, if either of us can gather the energy to type afterwards.
The 24 hour events must be brutal, let us know...nmrwbadley
Jul 26, 2003 6:52 PM
Jul 28, 2003 10:36 AM
I only have had mental burnout when I performed worse than expected, which really has not much to do with the actual physical effot. I think this would vary so much from individual to individual that I couldn't generalize, especially since so much of it may depend upon what else is going on in your life. Heck, when I finished the 508 the first time, I treated the next day as the first day of next year's preparation, excited to return and do better.