Winter Training and Motivation: Athlete Focus
The temperature is cold, and the days are shorter. Struggling to maintain the motivation for training or orienteering regularly? You're not alone. Getting yourself out on cold dark mornings and evenings takes a lot more motivation than it might do in July.
Pick up some tips and see what makes up a typical training week for some of our top elite athletes this winter with our elite athlete focus feature series.
Athletes clubs: Mid Wales Orienteers and University of Bristol Orienteering Club
Athletes age: 21
4th Junior World Orienteering Championships Middle 2016
World University Orienteering Championships 2016 Sprint Relay Gold
From experience, I know I struggle with high mileage so I focus on becoming stronger over winter, doing 2-3hours of strength and conditioning work each week. I run 55-60km per week, mostly off-road, including one intervals session on grass and perhaps an orienteering or fell race.
This year, having had a busy term at University, I didn’t do so much orienteering but usually, I run at local events or help with training sessions most weekends. I like to keep it ticking over throughout winter and up my focus on technical training throughout spring in the run-up to major competitions.
Get some good friends to train with, get some nice warm kit to train in and feel free to treat yourself when you’ve been working hard.
"Make yourself proud!"
Thank you, Megan. British Orienteering and members would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best with your training throughout the rest of the year.
Elite Athlete Winter Training Series of Interviews
More information - here.
Interview #1: with Charlotte Ward - here
Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers, Sheffield University Orienteering Club
Interview #2: with Kris Jones - here
Forth Valley Orienteers, Swansea Bay Orienteering Club, Lillomarka OL, Swansea Harriers, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers
Interview #3: with Alice Leake - here
Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod - here
Interview #5: with Jenny Ricketts - here
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club, Mar Orienteering club
Interview #6: with Hector Haines - here
IFK Lidingö SOK
Interview #7: with Graham Gristwood - here
Forth Valley Orienteers
Interview #8: with Charlotte Watson - here
West Cumberland Orienteering Club, Lillomarka OL
Interview #9: with Jonathan Crickmore - here
Edinburgh University Orienteering Club
Interview #10: with Kirstin Maxwell - here