16 July 2010

Fitness, Training, Rest, and Recovery

Just a brief follow up to my most recent post.  Not to beat a dead horse here, but I read a great article on the Daily Triathlon site not long ago regarding the typical type-A response that most triathletes have when they're not able to train for a few days.  You know, they freak out, complain, and worry that all the hard work from previous weeks will be lost.  Well, at least that's what I do.

The article discusses the difference between "fitness" and "performance status" which is an interesting comparison by itself.  It also discusses the need for rest and recovery, and that taking a few days off will more than likely do more to help you, rather than hurt you, in the long run.

Have a look: The Fitness Fallacy

In the end it's all really just common sense.  Which is something that I know I, personally, don't always use enough of when it comes to my training.  It's far too easy to get caught up in the "more is better" school of thought in regards to weekly mileage.  I've actually changed my training this year to be a little more quality over quantity focused.  I'd like to hear what everyone else is doing.

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