Many women notice a difference with their performance and energy levels during the four phases of the menstrual cycle period.
As you might imagine, every woman’s experience is highly individual.
Some women have a higher tolerance for pain and burn carbs more readily, making them feel stronger in the first two weeks of their cycle (which starts on the first day of period). For others, heavy bleeding, cramps, and fatigue affect training and performance during the start of their cycle.
Check this Video from Heather at GTN:
How To Train Around Your Monthly cycle | Menstrual Cycle in Sport & Performance
And this article from Triathlete magazine:
How to Manage Your Period on Race Day
Track and Plan Ahead
It can be helpful to track your menstrual cycle to understand how it affects your own training. You can then plan, to help you get the most out of your future training.
You may need to adjust the alignment of your recovery week or adjust the days on which your key training sessions fall.
How Can I Adjust Workouts if Needed?
The best approach is to listen to your body and do what you can, but don’t stress about it. If you need a rest day, take it. If you miss a workout or two, just let them go. Proper rest and recovery are invaluable physically and psychologically.
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