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Elite Athlete Winter Training Series - Interview #4: with Alasdair McLeod

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.

Athlete name:  Alasdair McLeod

Athletes club:  Airienteers

Athletes age:  27

Athlete's biggest achievement?

Some World Orienteering Championships top 30's and 6th at TioMila.

Typical training week over winter (including mileage, terrains, etc)?

Try to run each day for an hour. Try to run in terrain. Try to do two intense things each week and try to do one long more than 2 hours run each week.

Alasdair McLeod competing 

Technical training over the winter?

A few night league races and the odd technical training weekend. I start more technical training after February.

Top 3 tips for staying motivated in winter?

  • Have some short-term goals that allow you to stay motivated
  • Remember good stuff from previous seasons to keep you inspired and remind you why you enjoy the sport
  • Don’t let setbacks bring you down. Winter training will never go exactly to plan.

Thank you, Alasdair.  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.


Read more

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