Off Season Comeback Training
Posted by Blue Benadum on Sep 12, 2009 - 9:46:30 AM
MALIBU—Most athletes either have an “off season” every year or end up getting
to a place where they finally take a break. This is the time the body,
mind and spirit are granted a rest and reserves are built for the next push, or season, of
competition and training. Often the hardest part of the “off season” is that once
it ends, it can be very difficult to get motivated and back in the
groove. Here are a few ways to get motivated.
1. Start small.
Whether or not you’ve been cross training in your time away from your sport,
it’s always good to start slowly getting back into training. For instance, if
you’re getting back into marathon-running shape and you can easily run a 12-mile
training run in your regular season, don’t feel bad about starting back into it
with only two to four miles in the first weeks. Your body will be able to
work the kinks out and, like a warm up to any workout, will get you ready for
what’s to come with less likelihood of injury. Starting small is also good for
your head game as it will keep you from beating yourself up for not being where
you once were, an equally important side of training.
energizing. While your body has been in a rest state compared to the usual
performance state of the “on season,” it is natural that you have been
metabolizing food in a different way and, most likely, needed less fuel to
function in this state. Though balanced nutrition should always be a goal,
regardless of your sporting, it is extremely important to put forth the extra
focus and attention to making sure you’re properly fueling the machine. To make
it simple, just be sure to get enough carbohydrates for pre-workout meals, to
insure enough usable energy when it’s needed, and enough proteins in post
workout meals, to aid in recovery. As your intensity increases in training,
there is a noticeable increase in appetite. Just be sure to feed that hunger
with quality as well as the added quantity.
psyching. As one of the most important tools in performance and competition, we
must remember to activate the mind. This is the trickiest one because everyone
has different points of inspiration. Only you know what gets you going but here
are a few things that help get me in the zone. I always buy a new pair of
running shoes for a race or training season. Try loading your coffee table with
magazines too, just seeing others out there doing it will help carry you out
So now that
you’ve laced up your new shoes, had a good breakfast and picked out a good
start up route, get to it and get on out the door! The new season is on and
with these simple tools you’ll be ready for your next event. Good luck and
we’ll see you at the finish line.
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