Last night I sat down and created my training plan for the ski season.  I had several concerns, one of which was overtraining.  This mysterious state is really hard to diagnose and recognize.  With the SMCC  national championships taking place at the end of the season in March, that makes for a pretty long season.  The very last place I want to be on my training spectrum is in the dreaded burnout zone!  Training smartly is a neccessity to stay strong for the season and also for the Dogtooth Dash Race (SMCC  national championships).

Training stress on our body is an integral part of the training process, however; so is the recovery component.  Sufficient recovery is absolutely imperative to heal the body from the fatigue of exercise.  If the load is too great, for too long without adequate recovery, the body is easily taken to a state of over training.

If you are like me- signs of this state can be quite difficult to identify.  Here is a small list of some of the signs over training might be occurring:

Psychological Physiological
  • Loss of interest in competition
  • Loss of interest in training
  • Loss of appetite
  • Clumsiness
  • Inability to sleep
  • Bad mood


  • Constant dehydration
  • Decline in performance
  • Heavy and lifeless feeling in legs
  • Weight loss
  • Raised resting heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic muscle soreness
  • Slowed recovery
  • Loss of menstrual period

At the first signs of overtraining- take the time to immediately respond and recover properly as full on burnout can be quite difficult to spring back from, thus negatively impacting your season.  Take a look at WestCoast Skimo’s blog on ways to increase recovery during regular training.

Do not forget- Train hard, but also train smart!


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