When I first began competing in triathlons in 2006, my dear husband would often remind me to take a rest day. I was so excited about discovering that I could be a mom AND an athlete that my zeal overtook my common sense at times. All I wanted to do was train and perform well but at times, I must confess, I am prone to this syndrome. Those of us with strong Type A personalities continually push harder, set new goals and strive to attain them - even to our own detriment.
Here are some signs to look for - even if you don't think you are overdoing it.
- increase in injuries
- loss of enthusiasm for your sport
- muscles sore in general
- muscle soreness to the touch
- lack of desire to train
- joint aches / pain
- problems sleeping
- drop in performance level
- decrease in appetite
- lowered immunity level (getting and keeping colds or allergies)
- elevated resting heart rate- compulsive need to exercise
Just as with traffic signs these physical, emotional and psychological and signals are put with us to keep us safe; we are wise to take heed. Should we choose to ignore the message our body is sending us not only will we risk injury but almost certainly we will take a step backward in our training which is counter-productive to what we know we really want. Do you find yourself in this list somewhere? Check back next week we will review how to prevent over training.