Cause & Symptoms of Plateau
Question: I am getting ready to run my first triathlon so I am training like crazy. I train every day for at least 4 hours, often more. My problem is, I seem to have reached a plateau. Not only have I stopped improving...I actually think I am losing ground. Is there such a thing as over-training?
Answer: Yes there is such a thing as over-training. It is not something that most people ever have to worry about but it sounds like it just might be your problem. When you over-train your athletic ability actually suffers because of it.
Here are some of the symptoms:
- Trouble sleeping
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of motivation
- Low energy
- Stressed immune system
- Muscle soreness and weakness
- Elevated heart-rate of 10% or more
Your muscles need some time to rest to improve. If you ever find yourself over-training decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of your workouts. You might even want to take a break altogether from exercise for a week or so. If you have only been doing one type of exercise this might be a good time to try something different or switch to cross-training.
Be sure to give your muscles enough rest to recover and grow.