It's common with endurance sports to get so caught up in the training process, that often recovery takes a back seat. This isn't something new, but as coaches or athletes, not utilising recovery as an equally important aspect of the training schedule can be dangerous. Physiologically all the practice-based evidence supports adequate recovery for improved performance, but is often ignored when we have our 'training blinders' on. For positive adaptations to take place we first need to stress the body, which initially decreases our training capacity. Then through recovery is when our body makes adaptations and we can improve our training and racing capacity.