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OVER REACHING OR OVER TRAINING

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Post  Randy E Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:28 pm

Here is a link to an excellent piece covering, "over reaching" and "over training" and the signs to watch out for.

http://www.active.com/triathlon/Articles/How_to_Tell_When_You_re_Over-Reaching_or_Over-Training.htm

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Post  Mike MacLellan Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:38 am

Great link, Randy. I remember reading something on TP (or maybe it was Friel's blog) a while back about this. I think most of us refer to over-reaching when we say over-training, as I believe his conclusion was that the body generally won't allow you to over-train to such an extent that it does lasting damage. I know that I, for one, misuse the term all the time.
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Post  Randy E Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:30 am

Mike, I thought it was an excellent article as well. We all need to keep these things in mind. I'm sure many of us over reach once in a while. We just need to know the signs and be aware of it so we don't continue to over reach and end up in the black hole of over training.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:49 am

Just read this article before logging on here. Thanks for posting, Randy.
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Post  Mark B Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:21 pm

Thanks for posting the link, Randy.

I once read a good rule of thumb that can help differentiate between overreaching and true overtraining.

Performance can continue to improve (sometimes rapidly) when you're overreaching.

Performance degrades (sometimes significantly) when you're overtrained.

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Post  John Kilpatrick Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:11 pm

Thanks for the article Randy - I read it a few times over and it make some interesting points. What sticks with me is the last sentence - "Recovery is not an excuse; it is a necessity". Training I guess for all of us is a work in progress. I love to push my body and let it teach me what it can do, but I know last year I began to break down when running over 50 mpw when some people can triple that. As you said, live and learn....

Interesting point too Mark - based on that, it sounds like overreaching is a good thing for improvements, but there may be a fine line between the two. Then again, if what Mike McC says is true, we can never truly overtrain to the point of damage, but our performance may suffer. Good food for thought.....

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