Five ways to tell whether you are overtraining
It's easy to think that racking up endless miles will be beneficial to your cycling, but it's all too easy to overdo it and miss our on recovery. We give you some simple tips to help you spot when you've over-trained
Rest right, train better
It can be hard to judge whether the amount of riding and/or training you are doing is too much, too little or just right.
It’s surprisingly easy to over-do it, and it’s important that you spend the right amount of time recovering and resting, just as much as it is in the saddle. But how exactly do you know when you’re pushing yourself too hard?
Here are five indicators that may show you need to back off from your riding and recover.
1. Trouble sleeping
Restlessness in bed is often a sign that levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are too high, which is a result of overintensive training.
2. Constant muscle soreness
If your muscles seem to be aching beyond delayed onset muscle soreness levels, then it may be a sign that the muscles are constantly inflamed and unable to repair — a sign of overtraining.
3. Constant tiredness
The most obvious sign of failure to recover is a prolonged muscular and mental fatigue caused by the repeated breakdown of energy from training.
4. Weight loss/lack of appetite
Changing hormones and levels of amino acids are thought to be responsible for the often-observed loss of weight and hunger that is seen with bad cases of overtraining.
5. Decreasing form
Most of us will have heard stories of athletes taking a week off the bike and returning to the form of their lives. So even if you’re not feeling it, decreasing form could be a sign that you’re working too hard.