04/20/12 To Train or Not to Train, That is the Question…

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  1. I definitely understand where you’re coming from. Prior to CF, my fitness background was long slow distance running. It was difficult for me to internalize the concept that rest was a big part of training. In my mind, taking a day off or resting when I felt beat up was quitting. The result usually ended up being that I’d power through until I hated running so much that I’d give up on exercise all together for months or longer.
    I now know that I’m a better, happier athlete because I occasionally take a few days or even a week away from the gym when I need it. I love running and crossfit more because of the time I spend away from it. Balancing my work and rest on daily / weekly basis has kept me on a steady track for the last two years and I don’t see any signs of returning to my old habits of being and “on or off” athlete.
    See you on Saturday!

  2. Louis!! I think I’m going to have to more mirrors in my place for all of the “Faces of Tes” you paint. 🙂 haha! First, tomorrow will show you a lot about your ability, your potential, and what your current state is. Over training is not something that is often known to those outside of the endurance community because it is not something that can be taught or even researched enough to say how much is too much. Several scientists have tried to research over training but have only received feedback on the mental fallbacks but they have not been able to truly reach the physiological setbacks due to everyone being different and the long period of time it really takes for over training to occur. Because of this, it is not often seen in communities except for LSD where we utilize periodization and have the mindset that more is the only way to get better. So how do you know if you are over training? As mentioned above, the phsychological effects are typically seen first but overall symptoms of over training can include: irritability, change in sleep and eating habits, increased resting heart rate, lack of movitation and ability to maintin PRs. Most athletes think they are supposed to hurt and that they are only making gains if they are sore, feel like they’ve been thrown up against a wall or feel tight/wound up and ready to explode (be powerful) at any given moment. This is not so. Your body right now is repairing itself and mending, something that we are supposed to do at night but if you over train the hormones that your body releases due to training so much prevent that from occurring at the rate that it should. Your body is trying to make up for time in this short period so inevitably you feel like crap! I could go on and on and on about this but we can talk in person as i’m sure no one else on here really wants to read this. I’m excited to see how you feel after tomorrow. Remember to take your electrolytes today and drink at least 1/2 your BW in water today. Eat well and we’ll see you kick some butt tomorrow!!

  3. @Tom, I’m trying to find that ground where I am happy with myself and my efforts, while not abusing the crap out of myself. I think I told you last night, I’m used to feeling like shit, so if I don’t it means I’m not working hard enough.
    @Tes, I am going to develop a chart for all the many faces you use in your coaching. As I stated above, I don’t know when and where I’ll find that place of balance…
    Look forward to seeing you all eating Pizza at the finish line as I drudge across the finish line.

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