Athlete Question: Why do I feel so tired during my recovery weeks?

Submitted by joebachana on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:18

A question I often get from athletes is how come they feel so tired during recovery weeks or during their taper periods. First off, another name for recovery week is ‘adaptation’ week. In a periodized training program, we put a great deal of training stress on our bodies in blocks of between 2-4 weeks’ time, depending on your coach’s protocols. This is called supercompensation, where the additional volume, frequency, and/or intensity demands cause a stress response to the muscles and cardiovascular system.