Learnt a valuable lesson today. My usual 6am alarm went off like it has done for the past 6-7 weeks signalling it was @3LC turbo time. Today was like every other Monday with the exception I felt rather lathargic as I got kitted up and headed down to the living room.
I had opted to do the Road Race dvd, believing that having had the weekend off I’d be fresh and ready to #SmashIt, Sadly that was not the case.
As I started the 10 min warm-up things didn’t feel right, I didn’t have any energy and my legs felt heavy. To be fair I didn’t think too much about it as it’s not uncommon for my legs to feel heavy for the first 10 miles of a ride, then they loosen off. As the 10 min warm-up came and went I still wasn’t feeling any better but being stubborn I carried on.
As I progressed through the 60 min session there were several points where I felt like chucking in the towel, which isn’t like me! I did manage to complete the session but the performance was no where near the standard I’m used to delivering. I felt dejected and disappointed at the poor performance and sheer lack of energy during that session!
Having spoke to a couple of my Twitter followers and like minded 3LC fans @Moses_Dad and @AdeManning it was established that I had more than likely burnt myself out. I’ve had a stressful couple of weeks with Gail (wife) being rushed into hospital and operated on so it could be a combination of things but to be fair, in hindsight, 6-7 weeks of 6am turbo sessions 4 days a week has taken it’s toll, my body is telling me to take a break and that’s what I’m going to do for the rest of this week.
I have to thank @Moses_Dad and @AdeManning for their advice and support and yes Ade and Ian I have taken onboard your comments and WILL rest and more importantly schedule in regular rest in future!
I had got so wrapped up in my training that I had overseen one of the basic rules of training……. REST!
Below is the stats from my training session this morning. It may not look untoward, that is unless you have used the 3LC turbo dvd’s and know the road race session, then you’ll see that I just never hit the targets or maintained them.
If any of you guys are on Twitter start following @AdeManning and @Moses_Dad, they are both great guys full of banter and encourangement!