I love mountain biking. The last two weekends I have been out on my bike, for about four hours (with a few breaks) each time. It's quite intense exercise, but I feel capable and fine at the time. Afterwards, I get very hungry and eat a superhuman amount of food (including much more carbs than I would normally eat).
The following days, however, I have no energy. I sleep very badly, and feel much more stressed out. This can last from 1 to 3 days.
Is a four hour mountain biking session just too much exercise? Or am I completely failing to recover from it for some other reason? I am generally active, but I certainly don't exercise to excess during a normal week.
Any thoughts, suggestions?
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q- "Is a four hour mountain biking session just too much exercise?"
A - "The following days, however, I have no energy. I sleep very badly, and feel much more stressed out. This can last from 1 to 3 days."
It's too much exercise for you, currently.
It also sounds like you kind of weekend warriored this binge biking, and didn't allow yourself to build up to it. I would assume your cortisol shot up and you're taking in more carbs than you possibly needed?
Don't stop biking, it's great exercise and something you enjoy, just cut it back a bit until your conditioning has improved...I'd be concerned if you did this too often and hurt yourself more seriously, which may convince you to stop biking all together.