The term two-a-days refers to the when someone works out twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once in the evening in order to prepare for a major competition or performance. You can also find some people doing two-a-days to motivate a lot of weight loss or muscling building at a fast pace. In my experience though, our bodies are generally more responsive to the intensity of exercise rather than just how long we’re pounding the pavement. However, I did want to insert a two-a-day into my preparatory workout routine. Little did I know, this would not be the best fit for me.
Since I started training for the half Ironman, I have found that whenever I sprinkle in two-a-day I crash and burn the following day due to being too tired or too stuffed from recouping my caloric intake the following day.
In some places you hear about two-a-days being an awful assult on one's muscles that borders on the realm of torture. A perfect example is that of the infamous American Football training camps. In this atmosphere suffering is encouraged and helps coaches weed out the weaker players. Recently teams like Georgia, Georgia Southern, and even Arkansas have scaled back their two-a-day practice schedule in order to rest their expectations for their players.
Overall, I think that if I continue doing two-a-days I will be doing the second half of my workout with a large stretching regiment or yoga. When I find myself double-dipping with my workouts, I need to continue to focus on high intensity to prepare for the race, but also need to take time to seriously stretch out my muscles to avoid any injuries. In no way, should I be doing a double dose of intensity.