Exercising in the following zone will train your body to burn fat for energy and thus:
Eliminate over training
Reduce the effects of stress
Provide consistent, sustained energy
Significantly reduce the chances of injuries
Ouch, it has taken nearly two weeks to recover from this bout of over training. For over a week it was getting hard to get out of bed. I was not interested in riding my bike. I was grumpy. I was waking up feeling unrested and beginning to have carbohydrate cravings. All because I had been doing a lot of high intensity hill climb cycling and failed to schedule in a reduced intensity “taper” week while trading many of my long steady rides for interval type work outs. The very thing I am prescribing to patients all week long? Ahhhh, I have gotten back on track with about 10 days of long steady rides and have regained my vigor and lust for exercise, I’m spry in the morning again and am craving salads, not carbs. … And wouldn’t you know, I was faster on my climbs today.