STEP 6 RIDE THE SETBACKS
“If you’re injured, concentrate on what you can do. Take the opportunity to work on a new technique or a new discipline”
“There isn’t a single athlete who hasn’t had a setback at some point in their career,” says Brewer. “Injury, illness and bad days are occupational hazards in pretty much every sport. It’s important to accept that you are not alone, and retain confidence in your own ability. If you’re injured, concentrate on what you can do. Take the opportunity to work on your technique in a different set of moves, or work on a new discipline – if you’re a runner, for instance, I’d suggest cycling or swimming to keep up the cardio with low impact on your joints. If you are a committed racer, it may be worth entering events that you have never run before so that the temptation to make comparisons with previous performances is less.”
If you’re a runner, try a 7K or 12K race instead of the usual 5/10Ks to give your training a different focus. If you’re lifting, keep track of your PBs in half a dozen different “indicator” exercises and try to improve one or two at a time: if your deadlift isn’t going up, shift the focus to your pull-up and front squat for a couple of months, and get over the slump. Then keep going.
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