This time of year many of us are getting towards the end of our base/winter/off-season training programs. I am seeing lots of posts about feeling tired and injuries. For some of us, this is a great time to take a break before starting the next phase of training. I was hoping to take a break next week but my hamstring is making me take it early. Here are some tips:
1. If you have an injury to a muscle or tendon then stop training until it reaches full strength. I recently strained my left hamstring. (I will never skip a warm-up again) When an injury occurs the next thing you do is stop riding and let your injury heal and then resume training. Riding on a hurt Knee, ankle, quad, calf, hamstring etc.. will only cause the healing process to take longer or lead to permanent damage. Like my buddy Jim says.. Live to ride another day. It is super hard to stop we are accustomed to the endorphins and are scared of losing fitness but fitness can be regained and a permanent injury will wreck your cycling forever. Wait to resume training until your injured body part has regained full strength.
2. If you are tired it could be lack of sleep. Many cyclist need more sleep then non-cyclist. We put in more trainer hours than most athletes. So sleeplessness due to illness or a spouses coughing all night can lead to a feeling of total body fatigue. Tons of sleep is our friend.
I am mostly writing this post to convince myself of the things that I wrote above. Because I am a cycling addict and have not ridden my bike in 3 days.