Member Question: Schedule Rearrangement and Rest when Working Nights

author : mat steinmetz
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My trouble is this: I work overnights, 11pm-7am. How many hours should I keep between workouts? What constitutes a 'day'? How does rearranging days affect the overall plans?

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Member Question from MADFOXZZ75


I've been doing tri's for 4 years now and finished IM MOO last year, but I've had limited success. My trouble is this: I work overnights, 11pm-7am, and have been since I started doing tri's. This can really gum up the works.

How many hours should I keep between workouts? What constitutes a 'day'? Is it the sleep in between workouts that is most important for recovery or a solid period of time elapsed including sleep? For example, if I do a long run in the evening, go to work, and then sleep for 2-4 hours before I get bounced out of bed due to daytime 'noise', should I do my next day's workout after only 10 or 12 hours, rather than 24, to make sure I get it in? Also, how does rearranging days affect the overall plans?

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date: August 7, 2009

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