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Discussion: Burned out or out of shape

Subject: Burned out or out of shape

By: Susan S.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: I did two HIM this year, one in May and one at the end of Sept. I was ready for a much needed break, and pretty much didn't do much in Oct. So recently I have tried to just do a little here and there, and I feel like I've never workout before. Running just 3 miles felt like 13. Am I really this out of shape that fast, or am I just burned out of working out?

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Scot M.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: In my experience, the fitness comes back quickly, but I am more sore and have a harder time completing distances that were easy prior to the layoff upon my return to exercise. In a few weeks, you should regain most of the fitness you lost.

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Lyn D.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: The peak fitness level drops quickly, but rebuilds fairly quickly, depending on your intensity.

If you don't have another event to focus on, then you might use this time to play around with different sports, try something new (call it cross-training) while you get your mojo back.

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Teri d.

Written on: Thursday November 05, 2009

Message: The feeling is normal; very few stay "psyched" all year round. This is a great time to follow Lyn's advice and to hit the weights. I'm trying yoga and weight lifting myself.

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Ronald F.

Written on: Friday November 06, 2009

Message: I'm with Lyn.
Mind and body might need something else to do for a bit. You don't lose that much fitness that fast, your brain might just need some other thing to focus on.
Take all that awesome fitness that you have developed and do something fun with it!

I met a great bunch of people from this NC club in Aspen about 25 years ago. Looks like the club is still having fun skiing and other active sports and partys.
http://www.skibees.org/index.php?s ection=3&cat=1

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Craig H.

Written on: Friday November 06, 2009

Message: Isn't it amazing how the body and mind can play tricks on you. I feel the exact same way. I'm not at your level but after my first Sprint in August I felt like I was on top of the world. Over a couple of months I started slowing down on workouts (and eating poorly) until I'm feeling like crap so I decided to sign up for an Olympic in April. I'll need every bit of the 5+ months to prepare but I just got back from the gym and I feel totally out of shape & lethargic. Its not very motivating to feel this way, but its good to know that whatever fitness level I had will soon return.
Keep fighting the fight!

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Dan W.

Written on: Friday November 06, 2009

Message:
Might not be either. You just may be a bit out of "training sorts". That is, take a good basketball player, don't let him touch the ball for a month, and then put him in a game one day. What happens? He doesn't dribble or shoot particularly well...in most cases. Has he lost it? No, he's just a little rusty. You may just be a little rusty.

I'd worry about mental fatigue if you just don't enjoy it. So long as you do enjoy, the mind may well be just fine.

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Jim K.

Written on: Friday November 06, 2009

Message: I totally go in the crapper once a month every year. This year I'm actually going to be smart and try and make it a month during the OFFSEASON, which I've pretty much ignored the last few years, only to have the wheels come off in the Spring. Your mind needs a break as much as your body. I'm gonna do nothing but eat christmas cookies and become a big ol' fatty in December.....they jump in fully recharged for '10!!!!!

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Susan S.

Written on: Saturday November 07, 2009

Message: Jim, that sounds like fun!

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Kelly S.

Written on: Saturday November 07, 2009

Message: I'm with Jim. I did IM LP in July and basically I am just now feeling mentally and physically capable of doing workouts like I want to even though I feel slower than I did during Ironman training. I keep reminding myself that I am not in that shape anymore (I peaked at the perfect time) and it will come back, I just need to be patient. I did take most of August and went really light in September to help myself but then I felt lazy and fat. I am happy to be lifting now to add variety. It will get better just give it time.

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Elena S.

Written on: Sunday November 08, 2009

Message: periodization of training is a very personal thing based on genetics too, personally, and being very conservative with my training and injury prevention I never really "take off" because i do not feel good afterwards as well, instead during "off season" i alternate easy/hard weeks based on the way i feel and keeping records of my training, will pop in a day off now and then. Active recovery is at times more beneficial then total rest, periodization is the key as well as consistency.

Subject: RE: Burned out or out of shape

By: Craig H.

Written on: Monday November 09, 2009

Message: Did someone say "cookies":}

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