You’ve had a good break since the end of the season, gotten used to the Saturday sleep-ins once again, indulged in a beersie or two along with some greasy comfort foods and generally feeling well rested. Taking a good amount of time to recharge is important but now it’s time to start easing back into training if you haven’t already.
This can be easier said than done so if you’re having trouble finding the motivation on those cold mornings or dark evenings, here are 5 tips to help get you moving.
1. Mix it up
There’s no need to hit the erg or crank out heaps of on water kms just yet. Rather, try some cross training to start with for variety. It's a good way to maintain your interest, hang out with non-rowing friends and work on muscle balance for muscle groups like your hip flexors. A bit of jogging will help get them into an extension and doing a bit of work will help avoid imbalances and injuries when the season rolls round.
2. Play a Winter sport
This is a great way to give something new a go, get out of the house or make use of your lunchtime, meet new people and burn some calories.
3. Get a training buddy
If you know you have something organised with a training partner, you’re more likely to force yourself out of bed or off the couch and make the session happen. It’s a great way to keep each other accountable and of course catch up on the goss while you lift or workout.
4. Work on your weaknesses
Everyone prefers doing things that they’re good at but it’s often the things we need to work on that can make a big difference to your physical output. A regular core routine, stretching after every workout or committing to a 30-day yoga challenge might mean big gains through a longer stroke or better power transfer come Summer time.
5. Enter events
If there’s a half marathon or cycling race coming up then get an entry in and use it as a goal to train towards. Breaking the Autumn and Winter into a few small blocks, with an event at the end of each, will help keep you focused and is a great way to measure your progress as your fitness improves.
There’s been a lot of chatter in the media about mental health recently and as an athlete you have to look after yourself, especially when you know you’ve got a gruelling Summer ahead of you. Don't feel the pressure to start training with heaps of sessions per week. The key is getting into a good sustainable routine and building on this as and when you feel ready.