ARE YOU READY FOR THE DAY AF­TER YOUR LAST RACE OF THE YEAR? Plan­ning for the Post-sea­son

THE FIN­ISH LINE IS JUST THE BE­GIN­NING

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY LUCY SMITH

Athletes of­ten plan their sea­son metic­u­lously and pre­pare for races with an en­ergy and pas­sion that is un­matched else­where in their lives. You have a train­ing plan mapped over sev­eral months and ev­ery day is a ses­sion that brings you closer to your goal. From tak­ing care of your body, to tinker­ing with your bike and gear, you main­tain for­ward mo­men­tum to your goal races and make that jour­ney a con­stant part of your life. You are com­mit­ted to eat­ing well, sleep­ing well and mak­ing pos­i­tive choices on a daily ba­sis to sup­port your big goal races. You even have a vi­sion of what that fin­ish is go­ing to look like and how you feel cross­ing it. But do you have a pic­ture of the day af­ter? Just as im­por­tantly, do you have a pic­ture of the how you are go­ing to plan for the next sea­son? Athletes have a huge emo­tional, as well as phys­i­cal, in­vest­ment in their goals. The larger the event, the larger the in­vest­ment. When the event is over, there is some­times a feel­ing of let­down. With­out the goal pulling you for­ward there is an emo­tional void and a sense of let­down, or pos­trace blues, af­ter the adren­a­line wears off. This is nor­mal and be­ing pre­pared for the week af­ter your goal race is an es­sen­tial part of sea­son plan­ning.

Here are some tips for pre­par­ing for the “other” part of your sea­son.

1. Have a plan for what’s next

Whether it is a two-week va­ca­tion in Hawaii, or a de­tailed re­cov­ery and re­gen­er­a­tion plan, plan your post-race train­ing well in ad­vance of race day. A good train­ing plan in­cludes at least four to six weeks of post-sea­son re­cov­ery. If you are plan­ning on a break, make sure you know how you are go­ing to fill your time. Know­ing what to do, and what you want to do, af­ter the race goes a long way to fill­ing the void.

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