Load. Recover. Adapt. Load. Recover. Adapt.
As endurance athletes this is what we do day in and day out. The science of training and coaching is now fairly good at telling us how much load we need to apply to get the desired stimulus. The “art” of training and coaching is knowing how much recovery is required, and when it is required, to allow for the best adaptation to take place that results in the best possible performance. Under recover and fatigue will affect your performance. Over recover and you will start to lose fitness. Timing is crucial. Balance is key.