“Fred” (not his real name), I asked when I next caught up with him about his worn out knees; “I hear there is some guy aqua-jogging 5-6 hours a day. Is that you?” “Oh no, that can’t be me”, he replied trying look innocent; “I’m only doing four hours a day. If I do more than that I end up rubbing all the skin off my back”.
Over-training – The Signs
- If you are overdoing things, you may have one or a combination of the following:
- Consistently elevated morning pulse.
- Irregular pulse
- Unusually slow pulse associated with light-headedness and unusually low blood pressure
- Tired, draggy feeling.
- Grumpy, hyper-emotional and overreacting to stress.
- Poor quality sleep.
- Craving for chocolate, caffeine and stimulants, indicating that your adrenal glands are stressed.
- Lowered immunity resulting in infections such as a sore throat, cold, or breakout of cold-sores.
- Sore, hard muscles; cramps and aches.
- Loss of form. Overworked muscles are “turned off” and your body awkwardly tries to recruit others that are inefficient for the job at hand.
- You find yourself stumbling over your own feet and your nose seems to be closer to the pavement than usual.
- Loss of motivation such as feeling like quitting workouts or procrastinating to do your training.
- Slow, disappointing times in workouts and competition.