Back training after a brief set back with back pain. Returning to training, being that it's not my first rodeo when it comes to back pain, I thought to myself maybe we need to look at this differently. If the back flares up in races longer than 45 minutes maybe the back flares up in workouts that last longer than 45 minutes and maybe I set myself back with each workout that goes over that 45 minute barrier. So while my legs recover, possibly my back does not putting my back in a over training state.
With that in mind what if, I thought, I keep workouts under 45 minutes, reducing back fatigue, keeping legs fresh and reducing the chances of over stressing back muscles.
Possibly, as the saying goes, the the same ideas produce the same results, maybe it's time to listen to the unique position my specific back issues provide and approach this form a different angle. The framework of the training would remain the same but we would change be the length of the workouts, strength workouts included, reducing specific back fatigue.
The other aspect of this will be too eliminate early morning workouts due to stiffness in the low back and waiting until the evening when I have completely warmed up and the back is ready to do a workout. Also doing two workouts per day may be a contributing factor in putting my low back into an over training state. While there is enough time for my legs to recover, there may not be enough recovery time for my back musculature.
Too this point, with the few workouts I have done with the shorter format, back pain has been reduced and the training has been very productive. Hopefully if things progress as planned we will take these ideas to the trail at the end of November for the National XC championships.
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