What crazy times we live in. We live to organise and execute events and the satisfaction we get from every single one of you crossing finish lines of our triathlons, running races and time trials is what gets us out of bed.
But, like all of you, we’ve had to adapt to the coronavirus and make changes we wish we didn’t have to make. Our current coronavirus information will answer many questions, so please read before emailing us, but also please note that this information is correct as of 17th March 2020. Things are changing rapidly and we’re rolling with updates as they come as quick as possible.
While you guys are stuck largely indoors, we wanted to share some advice on how best to manage your time, fitness and look ahead to events and races which will happen, hopefully sooner rather than later.
With everything going on in the world right now, we shouldn’t shed too many tears over cancelled races, but of course it’s gutting to adjust to these times, particularly considering you’ve invested time and resources into preparing for your big day.
Get plenty of sleep – it boosts your immune system
But there’s still plenty you can do to keep in good physical and mental shape so you’re ready to hit it once this does all pass. Here’s our tips to help you structure and plan the next steps of this weird period:
1 Rest and recover
With no foreseeable races/events/competitions approaching, now is not the time to be ramping up the training. Not only will hard training weaken your immune system (which none of us need right now), but pushing the body through hard efforts and specific race-pace sessions is pointless without a goal on the horizon.
But that doesn’t mean do nothing. Just focus on the consistent, easy and enjoyable sessions. You don’t need a structure, just do what you feel like and keep it relaxed. Think of what you would do post-race. You’d ease back into some gentle exercise and keep the body moving, right?
Rest now and you’ll be ready to crank things up a notch once races are back in the calendar.
2 Try something new
Now more than ever is a great time to experience new training options. Why not head out in search from some off-road/trails and take some time to notice the beautiful countryside around us.
3 Leave the watch at home
Pacing, clock watching and timed splits / efforts are not needed right now.
Make the most of just enjoying being out running and leave the watch at home. Experience running to feel and go with what the body feels and keep that pace easy. This will do your mind the world of good.
When you can get outside for a (solo) run, go for it and feel the sun on your back
4 Use this time to work on weaknesses
This is the perfect opportunity to work on areas that you often don’t have time for. It’s a great chance to do more mobility and strength sessions at home. A lot of this stuff can be done using minimal equipment and mostly all body-weight. It gives us chance to all work on our core strength and even hitting up some virtual yoga/ stretch sessions which are available online to watch for free right now is a great shout.
All of this will massively benefit you and get you in great condition and injury-free for when those races are back in the calendar.
5 Stay safe and look after each other
Let’s get our priorities right. Look after each other and think of those ‘at risk’. Follow government advice and let’s do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus – the sooner we do, the sooner we can be back racing!