Does anyone know the signs of over training?
change in heart rate measured every morning can indicate overtraining.
i think that you need to record waking heart rate (different to resting heart rate) as a habit every morning to see if a pattern emerges.
sorry i can't give more info but may be a good start to an on-line search.
Did it once in an over zealous attempt to make international rowing team. Firstly it happens to highly motivated athletes who push themselves too foar for a prolonged period, secondly you suffer from chronic fatigue - that not even a week or 10 days off remotely alleviates and thirdly when you've become frustrated with taking time off to "recover" you go out and do a run and become too tired to complete it or physically vomit because you WILL complete it! You then get blood tests done and your testosterone is dangerously low and certain marker enzymes are also eleveted or depleted levels. The only cure - complete and utter rest for 6 to 9 months. So if you have over-training syndrome STOP everything and get your blood tested, rest for the necessary time & take supplements and then get hold of a good coach who will set and guide you through your training programme and keep an eye on you, and then you will achieve your goal
The most consistent signs of over training, which are used to diagnose overtraining syndrome are as follows
-consistent decreased performance by at least 10 percent
- high fatigue ratings
- decreased maximal heart rate ( on those really tough sesions approximately a decrease of 5-10 beats per minute)
- Blood lactate testing will show a decreased amount of lactate being produced at high work rates.
- nor adrenalin levels will be increased at rest
- High self reported stress levels ( eg grumpy with every one around you ) and sleep disturbance.
Other things like decreased testosterone, loss of sex drive, appetite and depression have all been reported as symptoms but do not necessarily occur in all cases.
Remember that there are many other things that can cause tiredness and decreased performance eg decreased iron levels, thyroid problems, viral problems,diet inadequate carbohydrate and or protein intake. So it pays to get these checked out.
The case tree frog describes is an extreme case (however endurance athletes have a tendency to push themselves to extremes ), the period of rest required can range from 48hours to many months.
Monitoring resting heart rate can be helpful but not always reliable.