Whew! The season flew by. Just like that, the race you’ve been training for and envisioning for months on end has come and gone. Now what? Post season, or “off season" is an awkward and sometimes depressing time for athletes. It can feel like a time of decreased motivation and downright confusion on what to do. It’s easy to train and put in the work when you’ve got a race in mind, but it can be much more difficult when that race has passed. Although it can be more difficult, it is extremely important to remember that post season is just as important as any other part of the year and should be taken just as seriously, even if that includes forcing yourself to rest.
ENJOY THE BREAK, FOCUS ON RECOVERING
Enjoy the break! Everyone needs time off, even the best of the best. Some need a couple weeks, some more. It’s very dependent on the athlete, sport, training, and goals. If the whole season were put into a 24 hour day, the off season would be your sleep. This is the time to soak up all of the work you’ve done, let your body recover, reflect on your training and begin to plan the future. It shouldn’t be torture, it should be enjoyable! Too many athletes can’t stand to take time off and think they can get an edge up on their competition by sneaking in some extra training. It doesn’t work that way, and ironically, you’re putting yourself in a hole that is in turn going to make you slower and a less effective athlete in the future.