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When did YOU know you were overtraining?

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Created March 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

When did "YOU" know you were overtraining? I know what all the books say are signs of overtraining--but want to hear your own personal experiences.

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on March 14, 2011
at 07:39 AM

@KL, you don't differentiate, it is very possible to lose FAT but gain MUSCLE and weigh more. Scales tell you nothing useful. Do your clothes fit better? Do you look better? Or get some skin fold calipers.

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on March 13, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Cut it back to 3x per week and keep the exercise short and intense (no more than 20 minutes).

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:31 PM

Before my first was born, I commuted to work about 3 to 4 days per week, 11 miles each way, during the spring, summer, and fall. It was great! I haven't been cycling as much in the last 5 years. The longest distance I ever rode in one day was 120 miles. That was back when I was 24 and had plenty of time for such things! My most recent century was in 2004. I find now that I like aerobic exercise that is intense but shorter in duration. I still love my bike. The first time out each year always makes me feel like a kid again.

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on March 13, 2011
at 06:55 AM

I have personal experience with overtraning. I was doing alot of road cycling and didnt notice until it was too late. I had change of mood, depression, couldnt sleep longer than 5 hours, sore throat, head aches, very slow recovery after training, i took 1 year off bike. Now i am trying to start it again. Very carefully.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on March 13, 2011
at 04:01 AM

I think i amy be at this stage right now. Busting my butt and actually gaining weight ARGH!!!

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on March 13, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Long distance cycling? I totally want to do a century ride! But I don't plan on training much. LOL. I ride to/from my work about every other week once it's nice and that's 17 miles each way. I've never gone over 40 miles in a day. I love my bike though!

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:02 PM

It took several weeks of rest from exercise; I could still go about my everyday activities with no problems. It was a nasty infection that finally derailed me and sent me to the doctor. I was advised by my doctor at the time to ease back into exercise when I was ready. I did so and all was well.

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:45 PM

@Travis -- how long did it take you to heal yourself?

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on March 14, 2011
at 10:15 PM

At mile twenty-six.

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:22 PM

When my sleep was disturbed dramatically and when my cortisol levels rose with that sleep change. I also began to see a creeping up of my fasting blood sugar and this showed me I had to shut it down. This occured from the rising cortisol setting off my sympathetic nervous system in mobilizing sugar from gluconeogenesis and the glycerol back bones of the lipolysis. Melatonin and complete darkness made the cure easy......and then I went to a VLC diet (really zero carb) for about 12 days until my fasting sugars went to baseline. Magically sleep returned and I know I was past the adrenal fatigue......during this time I upped my DHEA reflexively as well. I also paid attn to my muscles and soaked them in the hot tub while I drank alot of natural calm. Hope this helps.

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on March 13, 2011
at 03:54 AM

i was tired all day, waking up every hour throughout the night, not recovering from my workouts well, urinating a lot.

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on March 13, 2011
at 01:54 AM

When I was busting my ass with the exercise, but the weight would not come off.

7a1d67d93f254b982e0be4e54086cb4a

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on March 13, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Cut it back to 3x per week and keep the exercise short and intense (no more than 20 minutes).

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on March 13, 2011
at 04:01 AM

I think i amy be at this stage right now. Busting my butt and actually gaining weight ARGH!!!

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on March 14, 2011
at 07:39 AM

@KL, you don't differentiate, it is very possible to lose FAT but gain MUSCLE and weigh more. Scales tell you nothing useful. Do your clothes fit better? Do you look better? Or get some skin fold calipers.

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60199d3a580a4e17969059609e48e678

on March 14, 2011
at 10:14 PM

when it took more than 2 days to heal from the previous work out. I became super fatigued and thats actually what led to my latest lazy spell. over trained and ended up not working out for months afterwards. i will be more careful next time.

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on March 14, 2011
at 10:07 PM

when my body said "no" the next day

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39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on March 14, 2011
at 03:37 PM

When I had to cut back on the kind of exercises I was doing because I was always hurt. I lift for a total of 10 muscle groups (upper + lower body), and after 6 weeks had to leave 4 of them out. Now I try to walk a few miles a few days per week, and I've cut back lifting to 2-3 days per week. I feel and look better.

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on March 12, 2011
at 10:29 PM

A resting heart rate that was too high, irritability, difficulty sleeping, loss of interest in physical activity, and a comprised immune system that let in bugs too easily. This was a long time ago, when I was into long distance cycling. I learned my lesson. I was riding too many miles per week for too long a period of time.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on March 13, 2011
at 05:31 PM

Before my first was born, I commuted to work about 3 to 4 days per week, 11 miles each way, during the spring, summer, and fall. It was great! I haven't been cycling as much in the last 5 years. The longest distance I ever rode in one day was 120 miles. That was back when I was 24 and had plenty of time for such things! My most recent century was in 2004. I find now that I like aerobic exercise that is intense but shorter in duration. I still love my bike. The first time out each year always makes me feel like a kid again.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on March 12, 2011
at 10:45 PM

@Travis -- how long did it take you to heal yourself?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 13, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Long distance cycling? I totally want to do a century ride! But I don't plan on training much. LOL. I ride to/from my work about every other week once it's nice and that's 17 miles each way. I've never gone over 40 miles in a day. I love my bike though!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on March 12, 2011
at 11:02 PM

It took several weeks of rest from exercise; I could still go about my everyday activities with no problems. It was a nasty infection that finally derailed me and sent me to the doctor. I was advised by my doctor at the time to ease back into exercise when I was ready. I did so and all was well.

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