I thought this post for Friday would be perfect; it's all about Fatigue.
Fatigue is what happens when you've been working hard at something, but it's something that takes time, is arduous, and leaves you a little less sharp, a little slower to act. It is increased by intensity, time, and weather conditions.
Today marks Stage 7 of the Tour de France. The riders are doing everything they can to offset fatigue. They're focusing on NOT burning energy. Micah McKee, my first cycling coach, taught me "Why stand when you can sit, why sit when you can lie down." Everything is banked in anticipation for the moment when that energy will have to be used.
The best way to offset fatigue is to train on a regular basis. When you train, fitness is never immediate. You have to overcome the inertia of being stationary. Once you get going, however, it's important to make training a regular part of your routine, just like brushing your teeth before bed.
As hard as you train, however, appropriate recovery is also necessary. Train hard, rest harder. Drink more fluids. Eat properly. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. There are all sorts of things that are going on under the skin that can make a difference in your next ride, so do what you can to optimize and repair, so you are better PREpared for the next ride.
Finally, if you're really fatigued, remember, none of us are getting paid as much as the guys on TV. They're literally paid to suffer. We, on the other hand, have the opportunity to skip a day, ride a different route, start at a later time, or do something different. When fatigue leads to lost focus, well, it's time to go bowling and shake things up!
We know how to help you offset fatigue and improve your performance when recovering. Stop by and take a class, and sample some of our famous OSMO recovery drink with almond milk. You'll feel the difference, in just a few days!