As the leaves change colors, so does the approach to training and competition for endurance athletes. This time of transition also means that we are approaching the holiday season.
The holidays are a time to be with friends and family. However for many athletes, their all-or-nothing mindset makes this season seem like a disruption to our fitness goals.
Instead of viewing the impending holiday season as an interruption, athletes need to see it as an opportunity to reset and establish a solid foundation for the year ahead. Striking a balance between your athletic pursuits and personal life will carry runners, swimmers and triathletes of all levels beyond the holiday season.
Although not everyone is in their off-season during the holidays, these tips can help any athlete improve their overall well-being. Here are a few things to focus on this coming off-season:
RECOVERY // While consistent training is essential all-year round, so is recovery. Use this off-season to focus on getting quality sleep, implement yoga and mobility training and evaluate your workout and recovery nutrition.
MINDSET // You do not need to be extreme to be consistent. Missing a workout is not nearly as important as having a life outside of training. Being flexible in the off-season will prepare you for anything that interrupts your workout schedule all-year round.
GOAL SETTING // When you have a clear plan in place, it gives structure to your training and keeps you motivated throughout the off-season. The off-season is an opportunity to reflect on your performance for the year, set goals for the next year and consider your racing schedule.
Whether you are a runner, swimmer, or triathlete, fitness should be an addition to your life, not a subtraction. So, no matter what level you’re at, don’t let your training cause you to miss family time this holiday season.
Not sure where to go from here? Consider seeking guidance from a coach or personal trainer that specializes in endurance sports. They can help you create a customized training plan that aligns with your goals and ensure you make the most of the off-season.
By following these guidelines, you’ll enter the off-season prepared and emerge as a stronger, more focused endurance athlete ready to conquer new challenges.