"How I monitor my Fitness level"
Found this very handy piece by Mario Schmidt-Wendling on Biestmilchs blog
Coach and triathlete Mario Schmidt-Wendling follows a holistic approach. He loves to push his limits and leads him to walk on the edge of training and overtraining which makes it more important to interpret body signs in the right way.
- If I wake up 5 to 10 minutes before I set the alarm, it’s a good sign for my fitness state.
- I sleep without any interruptions.
- Craving for sweets means that my training session was too hard or too late in the evening.
- Sore muscles after getting up, even if I slept 10 hours, are definitely a sign that my training was too hard and my recovery too short.
- If I feel almost like fainting after having been squatting for too long, goes always along with a good fitness.
- Flexibility, a good coordination and an overall optimal control of my movements correlate well with the state of fitness.
- If my veins are visible on the stomach and on my legs my weight is perfect and so is my form.
- If I sleep too little and recovery is insufficient, then I have an extreme craving for sugar.
- If my stress level is high, my craving for sugar is high too.
- Lots of stress is accompanied by bad temper and a lack of motivation to train. But it may as well happen that especially then, I feel highly motivated to train.
- If the workload and the recovery are well balanced, I don’t mind to train in bad weather at all.
- If the recovery time has not been long enough, then I don’t feel for training in the rain at all.