Overtraining is a physical and a psychological or emotional state. It is an imbalance between training and recovery, exercise and exercise capacity.
The "training effect" is the body's response to workload stress. If stress is too great, the body cannot respond and adapt. Overtraining may result.
One of my rules of thumb is this: "When you look at the bike in the morning, are you raring to get on it or do you groan inside about the workout you have set for yourself?"
Overtraining symptoms include the following:
---Poor, non-restorative sleep
---Mood disturbances, including anxiety, irritability, loss of enjoyment, and sadness
---Poor performance with the same or increased training
---Vague or undefined physical complaints
Sometimes, the trick in maximizing human performance is to perform the greatest volume of intense training without overtraining. Some say: "Put your finger near the fire to know that it is hot, but do not bum it!"
Push, yes, but not too hard all the time.
If there is a range in training that will result in the same gains, it is often reasonable to perform the least, not the most, amount of work that will result in the same gains.
You need some easy days, some quiet friendly rides, maybe some bike touring. Ignore recovery training and you may dig yourself a hole that not even a week or two off the bike can cure. Then you may really lose fitness!
I used to over-training when I was new in a sport.... because...
I was young, and soooo excited... maybe it's a new expression of boundless energy maybe it's the company of 5 gorgeous women maybe I was given encouragement from somebody I respect maybe I wanted to join competitions and win!
These things made me forget the time and the program and go overboard in training.
I even used to eat too often between meals that caused me to expel gas all day, as in ppprrrrrrttttttt.... and I say to myself, ok, ok... I feel ok... then 10 minutes later, here it comes again!!!!! And I was in College then, and seated to the cutest girl in campus!
However, the secret of training is actually the other way around.
Training should be as little as possible while gaining from the training as much as possible.
There should always be time for rest, rebuild stronger muscles. There should always be time to eat properly and digest the food.
For example, I used to stay at the gym and the pool anywhere between 2 to 4 hours... each!
Then I read Arnold (the governor) and (his longtime training partner in the old days) Franco's item in Health and Fitness magazine that says workouts for them can be as short as half an hour and as long as half a day. It depends on how you feel...
I later realized that it is important to FFFFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL....
Learn to know your body. Learn... when it needs to be shocked suddenly into responding... when it needs to be squeezed slowly into responding...
If I don't feel I'm in condition, I would rather take a hot shower and do some light exercises instead of the whole program.
No use going through the motions when your mind and body is elsewhere...
It is true that one may become rich through practicing evil, but the power of Truth and Justice is that they endure... and that a man can say of them, "They are a heritage from my father." - from the book DUNE
I rode for 3 consecutive days in sta rosa trail.... on the 2nd day i felt a pain on my knee. This trail include the famous Cardiac hill. How long will I need to rest my knees and legs to return to ride my bike.