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The feeling of fatigue that follows a good ride or workout tells us that we are pushing our physical limits, and is a necessary part of improving our personal performance. However, in certain circumstances, fatigue may also be our only warning that we are pushing too hard and indicating a need to back off or risk a deterioration in our abilities. This is a common dilemma in a personal training program: hard work makes us faster, but how much is too much?Four levels of fatigue are experienced by the regular cyclist.1. The normal post exercise fatigue which tells us we are pushing our normal training limits which, with adequate recovery, will eventually lead to incremental increases in strength and power. 2. The fatigue we feel at the end of a particularly hard week of riding (really an extension of #1) that, with recovery, will also make us faster and stronger. Exercise physiologists refer to this as "overreaching"- adequate recovery is crit...