Training for the Working Cyclist
Over-training vs. Under-training
By Adam Switters
There comes a point during everybody’s season when workouts don’t seem quite as easy as they used to. A point when, during an endurance ride, you feel like stopping halfway through and taking a nap. A point where you aren’t quite able to hit your goal wattage for that last interval. Usually, it’s one of two things: you’re over-training or under-training.
You’ve put in the solid base work, you’ve done your tempo work, your strength work, your anaerobic work and you’re ready to race. The season comes along and everything is going well. You’re racing every Saturday and Sunday, you’ve got the group ride on Tuesday, interval Wednesdays and tempo Thursdays. You’ve cut back on hours from your base season (no more 5 hour weekend rids for you) but you’re still feeling tired. You’re grumpy when you wake up, you’re grumpy when you go to sleep and you find yourself drinking twice as much coffee as normal. Guess what, you’re probably over-trained. [Read more…]