In this first video clip, Dave Scott talks about some of the physiological changes that result from a hard day of training, where the body is overloaded from intense exercise. Why is light exercise perhaps the most beneficial way to recover? Click on the video to find out:
However, some athletes do fall prey to over-training. Here is what happens in the body when an athletes trains too much, often requiring a recovery period of several months.
"The term over-reaching was adopted by exercise scientists to describe the short-term overload that can be managed within a few days. However, over-reaching can develop into over-training (from which it can be more difficult to recover) if the athlete does not mitigate the factors that caused the over-reaching or fails to allocate proper recovery time."
In this video, Dave explains just what occurs in the body when an athlete is over-reaching:
Here, Dave explains how to recognize over-reaching and how to combat it:
In this week's podcast, Dave answers three questions sent to him from you, the readers.
After unforeseen circumstances caused Rebecca to miss a marathon, she wonders what it will take to be adequately prepared for another one just a month away. Dave explains how she should train from four weeks out following a brief downtime, and examines the training and tapering relationship as the event draws near.
Veteran triathlete Rich has been experiencing some oblique soreness while cycling. The three doctors he visited didn't seem to help, so Dave offers some advice on easing the pain, what supplement to take, and a few exercises and stretches that will lead to stronger, healthier oblique muscles.
Thomas has been having trouble avoiding the bonk during his 70.3 races. His doctor told him it might be the stevia found in his nutritional supplements. For this problem, Dave does the math on Thomas' caloric intake and finds some deficiencies. He also gives his advice on searching for a fluid replacement drink that is right for the individual.
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Dave Scott shares his final thoughts on the championship efforts of Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington. He spoke with Alexander after the race to find out just how much the run leg took out of him. Plus, Andy Potts's impressive debut, how well could Chrissie have done without that flat tire, and Dave becomes a believer in the high socks fad.
Also in this podcast, Dave talks about recovering after an Ironman. When should you start running again? And what should you do on race day or the day after? (You may not want to hear this.)