Wednesday, May 14, 2008
In the past, being on fire--you know, that feeling you get when you've hit your stride, when your motivation and energy are at an all-time high--has always signaled a green light for me to Really Bring It by increasing my intensity and adding in a few too many extra workouts.
My thinking during these periods has always been: if I do more, I will achieve more, and if I feel the energy, why not just really go for it?
Oh, there's nothing like that feeling of being on! It really is an on-top-of-this-world kind of feeling to really push your body to its limit.
And oh, there's nothing like that feeling of suddenly being struck with the multiple symptoms of overtraining: persistent fatigue, thirst, headaches, insomnia, and depression. Trust me, it ain't pretty...and, as I have learned, it definitely ain't worth it.
Your body just can't keep up with that kind of intensity. Eventually and inevitably, you will burn the house down.
Both times that I have overtrained by doing too many doubles and pushing too hard, I have had to practically drag myself to the finish line of P90X. And both times, my tired body has forced me to take WEEKS off to fully recover.
Make no mistake about it: the period of recovery is not pleasant. Feeling tired, down, irritable, and sore for weeks on end sucks.
It has taken me a while to understand, but overtraining is foolish (foolish on my part because I knew better!) and COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE.
But, after two very unpleasant experiences with overtraining, I finally learned my lesson: I learned to HOLD ON TO THAT SACRED FIRE.
I am finishing up my 4-week rotation of Slim Series strong. I started out slow and while the temptation to do more was present at times, I did not cave in to it.
I will glide to the finish line this Saturday, rest on my laurels by taking a recovery week, and then, I will be ready to start round 3 of P90X.