Does anyone else besides me fall into this category? It' not an issue of ducking or shying away from high volume work. I've done my share of very high volume in da past and have learned how my body responds to that vs. more moderate volumes. I argued and had verbal spats with my coaches in HS cross country and track as well as my olympic weightlifting coach–all of whom insisted on running (or lifting) me into the ground with workouts that would kill a horse. I told them that I just couldn't adapt quickly enough to the high volume.
For example, my XC coach back in HS was a high volume advocate and I pleaded with him that I'm the type that needs lots of rest days mixed in with training days. Anyway, he ran me into the ground until I broke down and got sick and had to miss two weeks. The next race, I came out and ran one of the best races of my life after doing nothing for those two weeks. Same with weightlifting. Once I was stuck on 72kg snatch and 100kg clean/jerk. I took two weeks off, went to the beach for a while, came back and nailed 80kg twice in the same workout session. I eventually made it up to 90kg snatch and 110kg clean/jerk in the next comp.
Now, I don't truly know who was right and who was wrong in these cases. These "supercompensation" periods of high volume may very well have helped me. I was just going by how my body was feeling but I had an idea that I respond better to a little less. This is one of the reasons why I hesitate to religiously follow pre-planned, cyclical workout schedules.