So many times I remind my athletes that they are athletes 24-7! Of course you don't need to (nor should you) think about training every waking minute of your daily life. However, don't be surprised when something you do (or think) away from practise, impacts negatively on your next training session or competition. It is the time we spend away from and around our training that supports the effectiveness of what we achieve during practice time.
As an analogy, think of holding your sports career in the palms of your hands like water. The water represents your career, your abilities and achievements. Your fingers represent the hard work and the many facets of your training along with your focus. However, the gaps between your fingers represent the time between training sessions and competitions along with any detrimental character traits! Poor discipline, a sloppy approach, careless actions, negativity, self doubt, poor self talk etc... the list is long.
It is not uncommon to see the athlete who is continually late for training or forgets pieces of kit to then go on and reap what they have sown by missing 'call up' at a major Championships or turn up to compete having forgotten something integral to their performance. If the time between training sessions is spent in a counterproductive way then don't be surprised if the effectiveness of your training effort is dramatically reduced or compromised. If the 'gaps' are allowed to open then your sports career and potential will literally slip through your fingers...
This time between training sessions should reflect an awareness of any possible physical AND psychological negativity that might lessen the effectiveness of your training or your ongoing development. So, try to eradicate or minimise negative thinking in EVERY aspect of your life. Try also to conduct yourself physically in a way that will not impact poorly on your next training session. This could be something as simple as slouching in a chair all evening watching TV and then finding that your lower back becomes tender and sore, because that will most definitely impact negatively on your training time. Maybe, you now see that what you do AWAY from your training can and WILL impact on the effectiveness of your training effort. Learn to utilise ALL of your time in a harmonious and effective way. It is absolutely the key to maximising your effort and abilities.
After all, YOU are in charge of your sports career AND your daily life. Keep a firm grip and enjoy your success....
In preparation for indoor pentathlon multi events competitions I like to focus on sprinting heavy weights less reps and technique training. I took part in the winter indoor competitions in Jordanstown outside Belfast which were one of the best run events I have been at . The athletes came first with volunteers and officials helping putting the needs of the athletes first while competing. This meant correct timing smooth running and fair measuring to all ages and category alike. I broke the National record at shot putt with a throw of 11.43 indoors and then went on to brake the triple jump national record in 9.33. *
Training has to be balanced or a weak event will let your overall position and points down .explosion and power are essential. Having confidence in each event helps tremendously especially with high jump and 800m.Having a positive optimist approach to some events can help mentally and physically .Being good at all the events is a help but it is best to be really good in one event at least which can save the day when you need extra points. Mine was always the 800m but as I have matured and aged its now the huddles that can be the winning event.
Indoor events have usually a better crowd atmosphere with the crowds cheering you on it can be more motivating than in an outdoor event with a 400m track . The spectators can almost push you to the line with an invisible wind. Even though there is no wind to run against or weather issues there is less oxygen in the arena as there is usually no windows or external doors open to allow oxygen in that is fresh. Therefore it is my advice to always be prepared for an outdoor warm up to load up on fresh energy before the 5 events begin and in between events if possible too.
Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I will try and keep you up to date on all my future Events, plus results from students competitions and training progress.