Our expert says:
It sounds likely. When people who are fit and who have been doing a lot of training suddenly find that their muscles are sore, it's often a sign of overdoing it. It means you're recovering poorly.
Rest is the only solution, but knowing when you're recovered is a lot more difficult than suddenly waking up and feeling like a million bucks! Unfortunately, we don't have a 'fuel gauge' that tells us if we're empty!
So I'd say if you feel flat and drained, rest for a week. Then train again, but you must realise that you can't simply go in at the same level as before, because then the cycle will just continue and you'll be back where you are in a month. So you have to change the training. Make it a little lower in volume (20km a week off is not going to affect you too much) or otherwise look at the balance of the training - perhaps you are doing too much high intensity work, perhaps it's too much on the hills. I don't know, but the solution is to assess the training and drop the level down by 10 to 15% and then go back up later.
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