Recovery Week

The past month of October has been pretty crazy.  You know what I mean.  It seems there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.  I have been working 25-35 hours a week, going to school, had 3 tests this week and a paper.  So, squeezing workouts and cardio in there was pretty tight.  I managed to hit the gym between all of this, but it caught up to me.  When I was in the gym, my workouts weren’t up to where they should be and I was feeling extremely fatigued throughout the day.  To put it simply, I was overloading my body too much for the amount of rest I was getting.

So, I decided to take a week off and fully recover.  I haven’t been doing any training for the past week and caught up on my sleep.  During the race season, this is extremely important because you can run yourself into overtraining.  Once you get to this point, it is hard to keep racing and recover.  You stress the body, which causes it to break down and when given enough time, it adapts to the stress and becomes stronger.  However, when you aren’t giving yourself enough time to recover from training, the overtraining begins.

This is why periodization is important.  You can prepare your schedule to train hard for upcoming events and/or seasons, and then incorporate periods of time for rest.  For example, the transition time from the Outdoor Nationals to Supercross testing can give riders a chance to recover, take some time off the bike and get ready for the indoors.  The riders were maintaining a high level of fitness while racing for 4 months during the Nationals.  I don’t care who you are, you can’t keep that up forever.

So remember to take some time off every once in a while.  Every 6 weeks is a good period, especially if you are riding multiple times per week and still hitting the gym.  Your body needs time to recoup from the stress you put on your body.  Plan ahead with periodization and avoid the trouble of overtraining.  I’ll have a some info on periodization soon.


Posted on Oct 21 2010, under Training | No Comments »

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