Recovery vs Rest. Does this sound like YOU?
~As triathlon and endurance sports become year round events, many athletes want to compress more and more events into the same amount of time.
*Many athletes continually think that MORE is BETTER.*
Sometimes it is…most times it is not.
Longer distances such as the Ironman or Marathon distances require the proper amount of RECOVERY to grow and adapt your Energy & your Muscular systems. This recovery phase is often longer than the athlete wishes.
For the *average age group athlete*, the 2-4 weeks post long distance event are a critical time for recovery. Changes happen to your body that you can’t see- inflammation of cellular tissues, a catabolic breakdown of muscle tissue, a reduction in Iron levels, an increase in cortisol levels and a decrease in immunity are just a few of those responses.
On the outside you are feeling great, then a month down the road, the cumulative effects start to catch up with you and you may see:
~Prolonged recovery needed from training sessions
~Decreased strength & endurance
~Poor SLEEP (most athletes think more exercise will lead to better sleep…and it does EXCEPT when you are in a heavy training block or recovery block post event)
~Always feeling tired
~Reduction in exercise capacity (Coach tells you to “sprint” and you can barely jog)
~A desire to “throw in the towel” and just be done with it.
Those are ALL Red Flags to watch out for.
As you head into a transition or out-season, be sure to listen to your Coach and recover & rest- and you will come back a stronger, healthier athlete ready to start a new season.