Short: What to expect when returning from injury or time off from training? By Coach Todd Parker, M.A., M.S.
May 28, 2017
After a week of feet up and R.I.C.E.ing my knee, it was great to get back in the saddle today, went well. Amazing how much cardiovascular (CV) fitness you lose in just a week. For most endurance athletes, it can take as little as 7-14 days for your aerobic fitness to start declining. What you initially can expect to lose is primarily the gains that you’ve made in the last 1-3 months of training, while sport-specific muscular losses are even greater than CV loss. The good news is you’ll get it back. With patience and not significantly ramping up the volume and intensity too soon, you can get back on track within a well-structured 3-6 weeks of training. This is where a coach is worth their weight in gold, because they’ll help “reel you in”, set realistic goals, and specifically prescribe a training plan that addresses your strengths, weaknesses, and what sidelined you from training. I’ll be covering this – a week, several weeks, as well as general Annual degradation of VO2max and other performance markers in my book You Can Do This! Optimal Performance Strategies for the Endurance Athlete: A Comprehensive Guide for Coaches & Athletes in Cycling, Running, and Triathlon coming out in 2018. So don’t despair, you can get your gains back!
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Todd Parker is a World-Renowned Cycling & Triathlon Coach, Influencer within the Sports & Fitness Industries, and Corporate Wellness Consultant – consulted by Coaches, Athletes, Corporations, Governing Bodies, and Sports Supplement, Gear, and Apparel Companies Worldwide. Todd is one of the most sought after Coaches, Trainers, and Authors to train with, test products, and to have guest lecture or author within the United States and Europe. A former Professional Triathlete, Todd is also an Elite Cyclist, Cycling & Triathlon Coach, Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Exercise Physiologist, Author, Public Speaker, Guest Lecturer, and Professor with a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology & Human Performance. You can reach Todd at: TP2Coaching@gmail.com , by appointment only, or at his secure site https://toddparkertrainingprograms.com/