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Discussion: Overtraining?

in: DonP; DonP > 2019-08-29

Aug 29, 2019 9:01 PM # 
A quick look back I don't really see much rest. I'm not saying you are overtraining, but certainly serious overtraining is a serious injury that takes a serious amount of time to recover from.
Taken from a sample website, sound familiar?

Signs and Symptoms
These are common warning signs of overtraining syndrome:1

Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy
Mild leg soreness, general aches, and pains
Pain in muscles and joints
Sudden drop in performance
Decreased immunity (increased number of colds, and sore throats)
Decrease in training capacity/intensity
Moodiness and irritability
Loss of enthusiasm for the sport
Decreased appetite
Increased incidence of injuries.
A compulsive need to exercise
Aug 30, 2019 8:31 AM # 
Big Jon:
Dave, you beat me to it...

All symptoms are classic signs of chronic over-training.

Dial back the quality sessions (fewer and shorter and lower intensity) and reduce overall volume. You'll need to be prepared to do this for a long period until you feel livelier - could be a few months.
The volume and intensity of sessions that you do would be tough for a 20 year old, let alone a 60+ year old. Remember as you get older you take longer to recover from hard sessions.
Aug 30, 2019 6:30 PM # 
Thanks for your thoughts. I don't think I train as much as I should - I have been doing much the same, if slightly more without too many problems for years. Will try cutting back a bit and see if that helps, but I think I must have a virus in me.
Aug 30, 2019 8:10 PM # 
Big Jon:
Yes, but you're not getting any younger and sessions do take longer to recover from.
Aug 31, 2019 6:37 AM # 
I am sure we all have viruses but yours are getting the upper hand because you are over-training and making yourself vulnerable to their effects. You expressed surprise that I coud run well on so little training - it's maybe not surprising. It often takes me days now to recover from a hard race and even a busy day at work takes it's toll. We are both in our 60's after all!

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