There is no overtraining! Just underresting!
Ovetraining doesn’t exist! But, the thing that exists is underesting and not resting enough and lack of quality rest is a huge problem among the athletes.
Why is that so? Why do athletes think that they are overtrained? Mostly they are not ready to accept the efforts that is needed to make real progress, so after a while you can hear stories about overtraining and to demanding sessions. The thing that leads to this kind of situation is really inadequate rest. Regardless if you are professional or amateur athlete, the physiology of recovery for you is very similar. It is clear that amateur athletes sometimes lack of time to proper recovery, but that is a main reason why their progress is hindered. Load of training should be balanced with recovery and any disruption of this components has a negative effect.
Proffesional athletes have sometimes hard time in managing their free time, especially in triathlon, so they don’t take quality rest which of course has a bad influence on their performance. Athletes have a lot on their agenda beside training;
1.trying to get some sponsoring,
2.servicing and preparing bikes, and other equipment.
3.constantly developing content for social media,
4.travelling to races and training camps,
5.but some just waste their time for recovery( spending too much time watching tv, playing video games etc).
This extra activities take a lot of time and often have a negative effect on recovery. Athletes often forget to plan and recover from this “extra activities”. Generally they “accuse” overtraining for stagnation or bad performance. But, many successful athletes would not agree with the existence of overtraining. Just look at some interviews with the biggest stars and hard workers in the world of sport. Their huge ambition drives them to train days, weeks, months and years without pushing the brake pedal. Sometimes their huge amounts of training hours and intensity are totally incomprehensible. For them training is not the problem. Their only fear is if they have enough time for midday sleep, quality lunch, massage, sauna time and similar recovery rituals.
Do you really know any successful athlete that is talking about overtraining? Hardly, and mostly the stories about overtraining comes from sport scientists who unfortunately don’t posses samples that are big enough to prove their hypothesis. You can also hear athletes that are not that successful but in their heads they should be stars, but overtraining stops them. I’ve witnessed a lot of false conclusions from “so called” experts. So, it doesn’t surprise me that myth of overtraining, it can serve as good excuse for ineadequatly prepared and rested individuals.
So, please rest appropriately! Do your training and perhapse even more and take a good rest. Eat well, be calm, sleep whenever you can, have a massage etc…and please leave that mobile phone, tv, laptop so they too can rest a while. 😊 Repeat that long enough, with open heart and be lucky in training. Discard the legend of overtraining.
There are of course, lot of ways to recover and it doesn’t serve everybody the same way. For instance until recently in my training programe I (as an athlete) needed to be always well rested and calm for swim training, I’ve even avoided to run or bike before swimming on the same day. That has changed when I changed my job as I needed to squeeze more swim sessions than before. I didn’t had enough time to recover for swim training so I was swimming always after a hard run sessions, just to squeeze a few more swim kilometres. After a while I discovered that I recover better and quicker if I swim a bit after a run session. Soon, swimming was a way for recovery after running, without pressure of preparing myself for swimming. Of course a few more minutes in swim training (than before this discovery) have payed of also in enhancing my swim progress. In order to adequately recover from running, all of my run sessions have a swim recovery afterwards.
Each and every one individual should find their best ways to recover and stick to that, regardless of what the so called “experts” around them have to say. 😊