Listening to the podcast at the weekend got me wondering about over-training syndrome and how it stacks up against someone that is just generally feeling the effects of being a parent of two young kids with a demanding job…
Previously (almost 10 years ago now!) I was an elite level racer - normally training 15 - 20 hours a week, not particularly structured, just lots of hours and lots of racing, TTs and crits during the week and longer road races at the weekend. Even then I was prone to periods of just feeling absolutely dead but back then I would just soldier on through it and after a period of a month or two I’d come round. Symptoms include weak left glute, quad and hammy and knee pain so standard poor core strength, not flexible enough diagnosis.
9 years ago I got a proper job and 6 years ago I became a parent and both events have signaled a more consistent decline in performance. Same thing, after a couple of months of regular training my body just starts to give up. The worst/weakest things is always the left leg but generally my whole body feels stiff and weak. Even if I am just doing Yoga or core work I feel markedly worse.
I only started training with power about 4 years ago but when I started training again I started at about 300W FTP and after about 12 months of solid training that rose to about 365W. I crashed pretty spectacularly half way through last year and its been stop start since then. I’ve managed to hover around 330 FTP but in the last few months my FTP has dropped to 250W.
Throughout the last two/three years I’ve had intermittent stomach issues and a pretty significant increase in anxiety/stress levels so when I looked through Phil Maffetone’s description of “Over-Training Syndrome” and spotted those two items I started to think maybe I’m not just injury prone?
- Has anyone else had a similar experience? Am I trying to fix my injuries with core strength and flexibility when actually that’s not the issue and I am just over-working?
- I know Chad says the recovery depends on “how big the hole you’ve dug is” but how do you know when it’s safe to go back into training?
- If and when I am recovered to the point of being able to build again how do I spot the warning signs?