Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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Overtraining ... pushing your body too hard for too long of a time without adiquate rest periods inbetween.
Basically in english putting in too many hard workouts without giving your body time to recover. This could be doing too many intervals to close tougher, riding too hard to many days in a row, etc.
Symptoms, vary amoung people but can include weakness, elivated HR (resting or doing workout), tiredness, inability to sleep, moodiness, etc. Basically your body tells you that it can not do any more and needs to rest. It can also mean getting sick.
Recovery: simple rest. Take a day or two off the bike. Listen to your body, when it says you are ready you are ready to get going again. If you are severly overtrained it can be many days to weeks before you are normal.
To prevent it, follow an hard day with an easier day, take at least 1 day completly off per week or do active recovery (spin an your lowest gear (double) with no resistance for 30 minutes or more) on that day. Listen to your body, if it says take time off do it.
You will learn as you train to see the signs...
A few weeks back I was training hard for my first race. I have riden 6 days a week for the last 3 months but that week I pushed it to 8 days in a row. I went on a 60 mile areobic ride (about 20 MPH) on a single speed. On the way home in the car I fell asleep and wound up in a big pile of sand off the side of the road stuck. For me my body gets really tired and shuts down when I overtrain. I have learned to listen to my body, and if I do not feel right I modify my training. It is something that you learn with time...
Good luck and get some rest.
Just your average club rider... :)