As we are heading into the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions, goals and intentions. A new year brings a lot of possibilities but understanding how last year’s goals played out can have a profound effect.
It might seem like an odd time to be talking about post event emotions as we are all excited about picking new events as we start a new year. An athlete can be coming off a big season, can be unsure of the year ahead, have been stressed by the holidays or even just in a funk. Jumping right into the new year sometimes can be harder than expected.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve had two or three athletes reach out to me about being in a “funk” after completing their goal event for the year. First, kudos to them to acknowledging the “funk” and reaching out! The “post race blues” or “post season blues” are always a consideration for me as a coach as it is important to help my athletes understand that recovery is not just about physical recovery but mental recovery too. And it’s something to consider when signing up for those big events or planning for resolutions!
It is so easy to get so bogged down in the day to day grind of life that often we forget why we are doing some of the things we are doing. We all do it!
I was reminded of this while frantically trying to get all my end of year required coaching training done. I was listening to a coaching seminar where the keynote speaker, Chrissie Wellington (a world champion triathlete), was talking about her regrets. Her biggest regret was not slowing down enough to celebrating her successes. She challenged us as coaches to remember to celebrate our own successes and to make sure that we celebrate the successes of our athletes.
I thought a lot about this after the seminar was over. I always love to acknowledge everyone’s successes and try to make sure an highlight them through the year but many often get missed unintentionally. More than this though, the talk made me really wonder what each member of the CLA team considered success for themselves in 2018. As many of you know I sent out an e-mail asking this question and it has been fun to see the results and I want to make sure to share with the team. This list is by no means complete as we got some responses late. If you have successes you’d like to share, please send them along!
The beauty of this shout out is that everyone’s successes are different and reflect all of our journeys. I hope to inspire you all to continue building on these successes in 2019 AND share with pride what you learn and accomplish. It truly is inspiring and humbling.
.Don’t get us wrong, in most cases you’d have to pry our gps watch out of our hands as we love it so! It’s a fabulous tool, and as a coach, I rely on the data athletes provide me through their GPS watches. Pace, distance and time are just the basics that I look at. With some of the newer watches, we can look at running metrics, swimming or cycling data and even effort if you are using a heart rate tracking feature. All of these things provide valuable bits of information.
And we all know, if you don’t record a workout with your watch, it didn’t happen, right?! LOL!!
A GPS watch is just a tool but I often see athletes fall into the trap of letting the GPS dictate workouts which can hinder an athlete from developing much needed skills. That’s right! There are pros and cons to our magical watches and there are some skills you need to develop to run your best.
What can you do to use your GPS tool wisely and not let it use you and hold you back?
We are nearing the end of a beautiful summer and for some this is the start of the off season while for others, there are still some big races ahead. Regardless. it seems over the past few weeks I have heard from several athletes that this is the time of year they start to struggle with motivation. They are asking if it is burnout? Change of weather? The let down of a busy summer or maybe just that life is too busy and something has to give?
It is hard to really know why sometimes it is hard to be motivated for a workout even when we know it gets us closer to a goal we have.
Don’t despair though, at some point or another even the most dedicated athlete gets on the struggle bus and has a hard time motivating for workouts.
Truly this is a part of training. The best thing to do when this happens is to try and step back and evaluate why you are really struggling. There may be many reasons but hopefully some of our tips and ideas will help you figure out how to stop that bus and tell the driver you want OFF and are ready to find that motivation again!