Signs of over training include, but are not limited to:
Loss of appetite –
Decrease in performance –
I only listed the “ones I have”. There are more signs… not a lot more though. Sadly, these are also possible signs of mommy hood, Iron deficiency, stress, and PMS, so it’s tough to say whether I’m truly having signs of “over training” or "signs of life".
My training plan had plenty of easy days in it. I just kind of suck at, um, taking it easy. Yeah, I think that about sums it up.
Insomnia dropped by for a 1:20am-3am visit last night for the first time in a while and I have to question, was it related to the brutal training schedule I’ve been following, or is it just stress? I had some time to think… while I was thinking about not being asleep… and replayed the number of times I’ve said the following in the last 3 weeks…
Tomorrow I’ll take a rest day. I can’t rest today – I miss my mileage.
Tomorrow I’ll run easy. I can’t run easy today – I need to do my repeats.
Tomorrow I’ll do a light workout. I can’t do a light workout today – it’s a key workout.
Tomorrow I’ll just swim. I can’t miss my run today – I miss my run too much.
Tomorrow I’ll be sure to cross train. Can't pretend that Adrenaline is considered a light workout.
Tomorrow I’ll only workout once. I can’t skip my brick today.
Tomorrow I’ll address these symptoms of over training, but today I’m just going to push through.
Today I needed to do a light workout, because yesterday I didn’t take a rest day, because the day before I did a hard cross train, because Tuesday I worked out a brutal double, because Monday I ran instead of swimming, because Sunday I was on my feet for 12 hours, because Saturday I did a stellar brick because because because ….
But I didn’t. I pushed myself to hold the pace, even when I wanted to slack. I pushed myself to finish the 6, even though I ran past the car at 4. I pushed… again… thinking, “tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day…”
Once again, I put it off until tomorrow. And tomorrow I really want to go to Adrenaline…
And Sunday I want to run “long” because I miss my run….
And Monday… Monday starts a recovery week.
By mid-week of next week, in theory, I should be insane, twitchy, and the blog should have 7 neurotic pre-triathlon posts in a row.
If I manage to take it easy, like I’m supposed to…
The thing is, when I go to the gym, I go BIG. I don’t know how to slack. I don’t know how to swim easy, run easy, or cycle… actually, cycle easy I have mastered. I certainly don’t know how to Row easy *new favorite toy at the gym, ROWING MACHINE ~ love. It. I rowed yesterday, and spent 24:24 minutes beating RM into submission. Freaking. Awesome. But. It was supposed to be a light day, I just couldn’t bring myself not to bring it.
I mean, if I take a day off, I tend to take the DAY OFF and do NOTHING, and lay around napping and junk. But… the last time that happened was… um… not recently.
But here’s my question for you. How do you stop yourself from BRINGING IT to your workout? Do you EMBRACE the rest day? Or do you PUT OFF the recovery “until tomorrow”?
~savor the run~