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Race Result

Racer: David Glover
Race: Ironman Arizona
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2008
Location: Tempe, AZ
Race Type: Triathlon - Ironman
Age Group: Male 35 - 39
Time: (DNF)
Comment: Overtraining: What I HATE the Most About It

Race Report:

I HATE overtraining.

It’s too vague, too subjective, too nebulous. It’s a waiting game with an uncertain amount of waiting time. I should have raced in Ironman Arizona alongside the cacti on Sunday, but instead I’m sitting on the sideline (technically a "DNS" not a "DNF").

What I struggle with – and what I imagine many other athletes struggle with as well – is that overtraining is not a tangible, physical body part that is broken, cut or bruised. A broken bone or a wound will heal in a doctor prescribed amount of time, but how do you know when you are “healed” of overtraining?

The collective wisdom for curing overtraining is “chill for a while.”

What does “chill” mean? Do nothing? Easy, short workouts? What about easy, long workouts?

How long is “a while?” Is it a few days, a week, a few weeks, a month or longer?

The answer to all of the these questions is, “It depends.”

This uncertainty is what I HATE the most about overtraining.

The rest of my ranting and raving: http://davidglover.net/WordPress/?p=78

David Glover
Personal Web: http://davidglover.net
Business Web: http://enduranceworks.net