Feeling Flat in Training? Here’s What You Need to Check

Is it overtraining or something else?

Team MaccaX member Diana Moissonier writes: “What are the symptoms of over training? I’ve been feeling a little run-down (not getting sick), and my swim times are are getting worse. I can’t hold my TT pace like I had been. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.”

Coach Justin Granger recommends:

Without knowing your rest and recovery patterns, it sounds like you are dealing with a flat spot in your training at the moment. Ideally you need to have a recovery day/easy day/day off at least every two weeks if you have been training consistently.

With all this information if it sets alarm bells ringing and you have been recovering but still feel fatigued all the time then I would suggest you see a sports doctor and run some blood tests to see if you are deficient in something. Otherwise rest some more, modify, reset, and read your body’s warning signs better.

Diana is a marathon swimmer who had planned to swim the Catalina Channel before a shoulder surgery put her plans on hold. She responds: “I have been having regular rest/recovery day/easy day/ day off. Now that you mentioned it, I have had an iron problem in the past. Haven’t taken any iron supplements since my shoulder surgery. I’ll have to have some blood work done. Thanks.”

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Noelle De Guzman
Noelle De Guzman
Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer with ten years of experience in the field of fitness and wellness. She blogs at KikayRunner.com about endurance sport in the Philippines and beyond.