In a brief discussion in another thread Off Road and I began to discuss some opinions on overtraining. He prompted me to start a discussion about it and I think it's a great idea.
To get the ball rolling my feelings are that more often than not (and actually almost always) it's a cop out. That people are either failing mentally far before their physical limits conduscive to making their utmost maximal gains.
My belief is that given spot on nutrition and rest (SLEEP!) the body can be strung out to much, much greater limits than most think or may ever attempt to go to. But many of us fall short by means of never pushing the envelope, or never getting the our other ducks in a row consequently making it feeling like submaximal training efforts are indeed our maximum.
Lets discuss what you think overtraining is and whether or not you believe you have ever been to the pits of it.