As I mentioned in the previous post, yesterday (Thurs) became a recovery day for me because I kinda overdid it on Wednesday with a hard run in the morning followed by a really hard bike and run brick workout in the afternoon. I was wiped out following the workout, and tired and sore all day yesterday, and am still tired and a little sore this morning (Friday) and have already skipped another workout.
This means that my hard workouts on Wednesday required at least 36 hours of recovery if not more (I’m still playing it by ear). A recovery of that long means that I’m skipping some important training — which is fine for now, but I can’t make that a regular thing or my training volume will be greatly reduced.
So, reflecting back on my workouts, I realized that I have to hold back my intensity if I want to continue to train almost every day. This is something I’ve read about before, of course, but it’s also something you tend to forget in the middle of a workout when you’re feeling good and want to push yourself.
This has been a good lesson, I think. For my regular training days (non-race days), I need to hold back the intensity. I can’t go all-out if I want to train the next day or even the day after that.
So, for those of you following along at home, take heed: training intensity should be somewhere between easy and medium-hard, but never very hard, or you’ll mess up your training schedule — either that, or you’ll continue your training schedule while tired and risk injury or burnout. And remember to alternate hard days with easy or rest days to ensure that you’re recovering properly from workouts. I might even redo my schedule because I’m doing three hard days in a row and that’s not ideal.