Training Mistakes: Injury, Illness, and Training
by Coach Seiji
At the beginning of each year, I look back at the prior year and try to glean some lessons from mistakes that I have made. One thing that seems to have repeated itself with my clients is trying to return to training too quickly both from injury and illness; of all the errors in training in 2012, this by far was the most blatant and repeated mistake.
When you get injured or ill, your #1 and only job is to get well or completely healed. That is it! It's a matter of putting all available energy towards the action that will most positively effect your season's training. The most devastating thing is missing extended periods of training or not being consistent in training in the long term. Healing or getting well is EXTREMELY energy costly. You are manufacturing proteins and/or killing invading microbes, almost nothing your body can do on this cellular level expends more energy. A good analogy to think about is severe burn victims often die of starvation, not infection. It costs these patients so much energy building all their new skin that they cannot take in enough energy to survive. Building ligament, tendon, bone tissues, manufacturing anti-bodies, and ridding your body of invaders is all SUPER energy costly...rest, eat, hydrate and give your body as much energy as possible to heal or get well as soon as possible so you can resume training.
Looking back, I have almost NEVER heard an athlete say "I wish I would have started training again sooner," but I often hear "man, I wish I would have just taken a few more days off." It's also helpful to consider upside vs. downside. What is the possible upside of one mediocre training session vs. what is the possible downside.
I just did this myself. I got the flu, was laid out for 2 full weeks. I started feeling much better but was in no way fully well. I got frustrated, bored and felt like I was losing way too much fitness, so I busted out on an easy run. Didn't feel that good since I was newly "well," got home and within an hour started feeling bad again. End result was having to travel to the next race sick and lost the next week as well. Yup, I know what to do in my head but just like I see athletes do, my emotions got the best of me. Need to stop, think logically and end up doing the right thing for my long term fitness. Learn from my mistake, your past mistakes and from watching others come back too soon! Do the right thing!
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