Overextending: Is it good?
I follow the Friel book and use the 3 wk. hard then 1 wk easy method. I have found that during the third hard week I am not able to reach desired heart rate levels. For example, for the 3 minute interval I am not able to reach the zone 5b level. However, during the 2nd. week I could.
Question, is it advisable to trudge throught the third week or go, as I have seen suggested, to a 2 wk hard then 1 wk easy schedule? I am wondering if the overextension in the third week would enable one to achieve a greater level of fitness, more so than if only 2 weeks of hard effort are done. Note that by overextension I mean pushing oneself to go hard even though it seems the body may be tired. I understand that before overtraining occurs there is an overextension which is a state that is easier to recover from, as compared to overtraining.
This sounds like overtraining to me. Listen to your body, and modify your training when it speaks back to you like this.
Originally Posted by brtguy
It's normal for heartrate levels to drop due to fatigue during the coarse of a training block. It doesn't necessarily mean you are overtraining. That's why heartrate alone is not the best indicator of intensity. As long as you are able to maintain the power output, don't worry about not reaching the target heartrate late in the training block