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How to Avoid the Stress of Training

Have you hit a plateau in your training and can’t figure out why? Stress can be a major factor in an athletes overall training plan and learning to manage it can be the difference between finishing a race and injury.

Sept. 29, 2012 - PRLog -- When I first started training for triathlons this summer it was a great escape (of course after the 2-3 weeks of extremely sore muscles).  It was just what I needed after a long day at the office.  As I would start running, riding, or swimming, the days issues would magically melt away and I would finish feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.

However, slowly but surely, my obsessive behavior started to kick in.  As I’ve met more and more triathletes I find that I’m not alone in this borderline compulsive disorder.  I started becoming fixated on my training.  What was I going to do today? Was it enough and should I be doing more?  What should I eat?  Am I eating enough of the right food?  Should I take a day of rest even though I’m not feeling tired?

Then came the gadgets, and I do love gadgets.  I started obsessing over my heart rate monitor, my bike computer, the swim clock, my online tracking website, etc…  Is my pace improving?  Should I ride just a little bit further today?  Thoughts and anxieties steadily increased until the very thing that used to provide great relief was becoming a source of stress itself.

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