Is it time to rest?

by Arlyn on January 8, 2009

My legs are really sore. How do you know when it’s time to rest? Training uses a simple, amazing principle. When you apply stress to the human body, it reacts by adapting and even overcompensating to better handle that stress in the future. The key is that the adaption and overcompensation occurs during rest. Knowing when to rest and when to train hard is important.

Joe Friels, The Cyclists Training BibleI’m currently using Joe Friel’s, The Cyclists Training Bible to build my training plan. I like that he takes a methodical, analytical approach to training. One idea in the book that resonated with me is that it’s not how many miles, but what you do with the miles that counts the most. This is important to me because I want to balance my training plan with my full-time job and being a father, husband and friend.

I’m currently in the Build 2 phase of my training plan which includes three high-intensity and three low-intensity workouts a week. Balancing my life means that I can find time to work out 4 days a week. So, I drop the low-intensity days and basically train every other day.

Joe spends a lot of time talking about overtraining. I don’t worry too much about it though, since I’m skipping the low-intensity days. Even at my advanced age (39!), I should be able to recover properly.

Except that my legs have been hurting. They were a weak on Sunday’s ride with the Descenders and on Tuesday’s Tour de Scripps Ranch (hill day) they were achy and I was not able to go 100% uphill.

So, do I need more rest? Or do I trust in my plan and keep rolling?

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