Such was the case on Saturday when I headed out the door at the crack of dawn for my 105 minute brick – 90 minute bike, 15 minute run. I was shooting for 25 miles on the bike leg – aggressive for me, but I wanted to go for it since the run on the back side was so short.
I fueled up before I left the house… I was properly hydrated… Properly supplemented… The weather was great… There was no wind to speak of – nothing to indicate an other-than-optimal training session.
However, halfway through my ride, I fell apart. My legs felt like lead. My head was exploding. Everything hurt. I could barely keep an 18 mph pace. My cadence was erratic. My heart rate was far higher than it should have been. I . WAS . MISERABLE!!!
And that’s when I faced a decision point.
COULD I push through and finish the workout? Absolutely.
SHOULD I? That was the question…
I have been training hard for the past 18 weeks – 6 days per week – busting my ass, running, biking, weightlifting, karate – rain, wind, shine, heat, cold (okay, cold for FLORIDA!). I’ve been eating clean and supplementing properly. I’ve been sleeping well.
And then about a week ago, the wheels came off the bus. I wasn’t sleeping well at all, I was moody, I had cravings that I haven’t had in a long time, workouts were hard, I was unmotivated, I wasn’t recovering well in between.
Overtraining has set in. I looked up the signs of overtraining and I have almost every single one – Awesome! 😦
I decided to stop my ride on Saturday at the 12 mile point, after 45 minutes. I was done!
My next workout will be a 10 mile run on New Year’s Day.
I am, by nature, an incredible stubborn person. This has served me well in my training, because I will not quit until I am done. Period.
But, I also know the importance of listening to my body – especially since I am still recovering from some injuries earlier in the Fall.
So, here’s to a training break! I know I’ll come back on January 1st better than ever!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!