It’s YOUR Training Session

By August 22, 2016Coaching, Training
Performance Coach

The latest short post in my ongoing ‘Why’ series on motivation and mindfulness. If you’re interested you can check out the other posts in the series:

A Simple Technique to Help You Pick Better Races
Ask “Why” About Every Session

This post really follows on from the 2nd – building on knowing ‘why’ you are doing a particular session and ensuring you stick to that objective, despite the actions of your training partners.

Too often, way too often, people get caught up in the excitement of a session and forsake much needed ‘easy’ workouts to keep up with their usual training partners, (ego doesn’t let people drop back to a ‘slower’ group even when it’s the best choice).

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Get it?

Conversely, (but not as common with hard-charging athletes) you may be tempted to sack off a ‘hard’ session in favour of a coffee ride.

Now, I’m not saying you need to stick to the session in your training plan no matter what. ‘Box ticking’ is not a good strategy and there are certainly times when you want to deviate. What I am encouraging people to do is think about why you are deviating and choose to change the session rather than drifting into a session you didn’t plan.

It’s OK to go hard on a rest day if you feel amazing, genuinely don’t need the time off and will get more benefit from a hard hill session with your friends. It’s OK to pull back on those intervals if you’re fatigued and want to join your friends for a fun ocean swim instead. Just do so mindfully and with purpose.

Happy training!

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