How Long Does it Take to Recover From Overtraining?

  

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QUESTION

How much time is needed for most athletes to recover from overtraining syndrome?

ANSWER

Most athletes will recover from overtraining syndrome within 4-6 weeks up to 2-3 months. This will all depend on a few factors such as how overtrained you really are, genetics, and age. Determining how overtrained you are can only be answered by the amount of time it takes you to recover. So when it comes to overtraining on any level, it is important to learn how to know when you are well recovered and ready for more training.

The symptoms of overtraining are many and include the lack of motivation to race and train, inability to complete most workouts due to fatigue, loss in power, and general overall irritability. Rest and a reduction in training volume is the only cure. When motivation and excitement for racing return, you are nearing the end of your recovery. At this time, test yourself with a few longer, harder training rides. If all feels good, and motivation is still high, then ease back into training with a full load.

About the Author

Mike Schultz

Mike Schultz brings more than 10 years of racing and training experience from national endurance and ultra endurance events, mountain bike stage races, and 24 hour solo cycling events. Mike is the head coach and founder of'Highland Training. He is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Personal Trainer and as a USA Cycling Certified Coach. He continues to compete in endurance and ultra endurance events on a regional and national level to further study the science behind sports specific training and practice what he preaches. Mike resides in the Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania, where he coaches and trains full time and year round. Follow Mike on Twitter'@Highland_Mike.

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