For athletes with fall races, it is about staying on track while being prepared mentally for a postponement. For athletes without 2020 races, the plans will vary greatly. The common threads are continuing to enjoy training and invest in the future by:
- Focusing on developing a specific aspect of physiology with interim goals to support the longer-term.
- Focusing on maintaining fitness while giving yourself a mental break with shorter/sharper workouts peppered amongst more relaxed sessions.
- Reconnecting with what life balance means for you as an athlete. Take an introspective look at why you race/train from a sustainability and enjoyability point of view.
A Message for Athletes
Believe that you will get through this and make the best of what you have. Control what you can control, overcome, adapt, and press on, always keeping your eye on the end goal. Resourcefulness is a powerful confidence builder for athletes as it often comes in handy when the going gets tough. Reframe adverse situations as an opportunity to develop your resilience, resolve and coping strategies. Aim to come out the other side stronger and look back with pride.
This has not been a regular summer, and this is not a regular edition of IMPACT Magazine. In fact, it is an unprecedented issue that comes to you as a result of true grit and community support.