Training overloads our body and mind, at rest we recover, compensate and get stronger so we can perform better next time around. The greatest adaption happens in the deepest rested state, when we sleep. Our bodies need 7:30 to 8 hours sleep a night to support sustainable training, both physical and mental.
Far too often we see IRONMAN and 70.3 athlete juggling work, family and training with a view that they must make every session, every km set by the coach to achieve their potential. When time gets tight sleep is often the first thing to go. Getting up at 4:30 after going to bed late is going to accumulate and see the athlete plateau at best, but more likely develop acute fatigue or develop injuries.
Every athlete’s daily plan should centre around sleep as the first priority. Without adequate sleep the quality of training reduces. After a late or sleep interrupted night it’s better to start later and shorten the session than push through. The coach will understand. Best adjust the plan to available hours than operate in a state of fatigue.