Athletes respond to training differently, have different tactics that suit them best, different responses to diet and different responses to stressors in life. Coach Brady provides a bit of insight and detail in to what he has found in working with athletes over the past 5 weeks and how Covid-19 has impacted athletes in varying ways.
Training in the times of COVID-19 – A Coach’s Perspective
I know what you are thinking… “Oh great, one more article about this virus!” Yep, we are all fed up with it and we are all tired of hearing all of the details, drama and the continuous political argument. With the amount of communication that I have with athletes (don’t freak out, it is via phone, social media and e-mail), it has been interesting to see how training impact has varied dependent upon the four mindsets or approaches individuals are taking. I hope that maybe this will help you either truly assess your stress level or help you to realize that you are not alone in where you fall on the spectrum.
I want to preface this with the fact that none of these approaches are wrong, in any way shape or form. We all process stress differently and remember that training is a stressor, so you need to factor in ALL of your life. Now, ON WITH THE SHOW!
THE FULL GAS – This person views the virus as an inconvenience but believes that with their spare time and lack of ability to go out and see things they are going to put the proverbial pedal to the metal and charge harder with training than what they were originally intending.
THE STEADY AS SHE GOES – This approach, I have found, is more common among the people who had events that were further out on the horizon or who are still able/must go to work. The
THE ¾ TEMPO – The individuals in this group can have children at home they are now schooling, be immuno-compromised in some capacity or simply feel a bit of the stress of all going on. They are lightly training or exercising (there is a difference but we don’t have time for that now) but are utilizing their activity less for an event performance down the road and more for their general well being.
THE WHOA NELLY! – This person is truly concerned about what the impacts of this virus can do to their health and the loved ones around them. They do not want to be part of the spread and are either in the high risk groups or in contact with those in the high risk groups. Stress levels are typically high and training simply is not a great idea, unless it is a recovery ride, leisurely walk or something similar.
There can certainly be some crossover and some variations in these but most important is to be open and honest with yourself as to which group you may fall in and, if you have not already, adjust your training schedule to reflect where you are at and should be at.
In times of stress and illness, your well being is first and performance is secondary. Please take care of yourself and your health. Both physically and mentally.
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