Last month I started writing a regular training feature for H20pen magazine, inspired around a familiar theme of: ‘coping with adversity’ when racing, when things don’t go to plan. All athletes, even the most talented and well conditioned or trained will benefit from incorporating regular adversity challenges in training. This gives you a range of strategies to draw upon or apply if you need to on race day.
Athletes will often be able to conjure up these tough, tricky or difficult sessions, remember the success resulting from finding a solution or suffering it out, and draw strength from the experience to apply on race day, when things don’t pan out as you expect. It is impossible to predict all the variables that could potentially occur during any race, and going into events knowing you have experienced and worked through a range of adversities will give you confidence to cope when difficult situations present themselves.
With athletes I coach individually and work with regularly at my squad sessions I often refer to this as this ‘training hard to race easy’. Cover all your bases in training, make sure you are mentally robust and physically in the best shape you can be on the day and you will be in a strong position to outperform your expectations!
Here are 3 separate sessions featured in the current H20pen magazine issue Feb / March 2014, to cater for short course (750-1600m), medium distance (3km to 5km) or long distance (10km+). Click on the image below to view the sessions
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Enjoy working from these sessions this month, there are a range of progression ideas designed to help you implement the sessions once a week or a month on a repeat cycle of 2-3 times to develop and consolidate the technical aspects in your training.