Tips for surviving as an elite athlete
‘‘I really love to eat what I want, what I crave and what makes me feel good.’’
Life as an elite athlete is quite simple in some ways. Fuel your body to train hard, rest your body so that it can continue to train hard. Strengthen your mind, your soul and do things that take you out of your comfort zone as often as possible.
The body is tough and it can withstand a lot of stress, but there comes a point where the pain pleasure threshold gets too far out of balance. Punishing the body on a regular basis can be draining. Training is tough, rehab is painful, so is gym/weights, and I find it is so important to keep the balance in life. Finding something that you love to do or feel nourished by is so important.
Nutrition for each athlete is vastly different. For me, eating a balanced diet is very important. Fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy is what I live off. Nutrition/food more importantly, for me, is a time where the balance can shift back again.
I really love to eat what I want, what I crave and what makes me feel good. I especially like to indulge in sweet treats and coffee to make the process all worth the hard work that I put my body through. I amtraining two-to-four hours each day, everyday, and there comes a point where you need the lifestyle to be maintainable. An additional benefit of training full time is that you need to refuel, and what better way to refuel than with foods you love to eat.
In the past, I have focused more on what I think I should do, or what others do, rather than what my body needs. Focusing on training, recovery and mindfulness as a complete circle, and dedicating will power, energy and enthusiasm to overall wellbeing has really helped me to improve as an athlete. Being more in tune with my body has lead me to be a healthier and happier athlete.
In order to achieve a goal, one must fully be committed to the challenge. The journey is what matters, and setting up the plan for the journey is the most important part.
Once you have a goal in sight, set about focusing on how you will achieve it, then put the goal to the back of your mind and start living the process day in, day out, every day. Make the day to day process challenging, but manageable. Give yourself small rewards along the way so that you can maintain this. Set out ways in which you can stay healthy and happy.
This week I amin Japan, where I ampacing the elite women’s Nagoya Marathon.
Next week is the New Zealand National Championships where I am competing in the 1500m, and March 31 I amheaded to America. I will be racing and training to qualify in preparation for the World Championships held in August in London.