Okay, I’ve been reading a lot lately on overtraining (mostly articles written by Mel Siff) and I’m getting the basic idea that theres a very fine line between overtraining and training just right. My problem is that I like to train…a lot. So oftentimes I’ll get to the point where I can’t walk properly and I look like I have a cucumber stuck up my ass (legs too sore from DOMS) and where I’ll sleep through 2 alarm clocks even after 10+ hours of sleep (too exhausted). This really sucks because I’ll be training really good doing all kinds of things: weight workouts, stair running, ice practice (speedskating), dryland practice, riding the trainer and all kinds of other things for 4 to 5 days in a row and then I’ll have to back off completely because - like I mentioned before - I’ll get to the point where I have trouble walking and feel sleep deprived.
Now to my understanding, overtraining (or lack thereof) is dependent on 3 key factors (and correct me if I’m wrong):
- training load
- caloric intake
And its also to my understanding that these 3 interact with each other. So my question is, would it be possible for me to maintain a high-intensity training load throughout the week simply by ensuring that I have enough caloric intake to support that load, and get enough sleep to support it? Is it this simple? Eat like a horse and sleep 8+ hours a night and you’ll be able to train as much as you want?
I remember hearing Shawn Crawford (US T&F sprinter) say during the Olympics regarding running a 200m in under 20s “its amazing what your body can do with enough rest and proper nutrition.”
Any info you guys could give me would help me tremendously.