Karel joined me on this 6-week off-season break.
(really, it wasn't all that long as we have been super busy with our coaching and nutrition business)
And just like 2014, we do not plan on racing any running races in 2015 but instead, dedicating all of our training and focus to our key triathlon races.
As for what is happening starting tomorrow.....
We are involving a few new experts to assist in our personal Kona 2015 journey this season so we are both super excited about what's to come.
I love training and racing just the same now as I did when I started training/racing although now my priorities often change as I have a lot more to balance on my life-plate.
And thus, the training may still be checked off the daily to-do list but sadly our risk for burnout, injury and sickness increases and we reduce the many opportunities to achieve peak fitness.
And then comes an even bigger issue of burnout and overtraining.
Here lies the bigger issue which can occur if a burnout athlete continues to push because "no pain is no gain".
Overtraining may be common among the following athletes:
-Athletes who balance a lot on their plate (families, work, life, etc.)
-Athletes who are new to the sport and tend to do a lot of fear-based training (ex. worried that he/she is not ready for the distance so there is a rapid increase in volume in a short amount of time)
-Athletes who are obsessive with eating and exercising, often too rigid with structure and lack of flexibility as life changes
-Athletes who race too much
-Athletes who do not follow a well-designed, periodized training plan and do not have a team (sport dietitian, coach, sport psychologist, massage therapist) to provide expert advice
-Changes in cortisol, thyroid, pituitary hormones
-A decrease in strength/power/speed
-Inability to perform or meet personal standards for the time/effort that is committed to training
-Unintentional weight loss/gain
-Prolonged recovery, abnormal muscle soreness, joint aches