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.
Forth Valley Orienteers
Swansea Bay Orienteering Club
Dundee Hawkhill Harriers.
Athlete's age: 26
4th in the World Orienteering Championships 2016 Sprint, Sprint Relay and Forest Relay.
In the winter I aim for about 80-95 miles of running most weeks, with the occasional week with slightly more or slightly less. Included in this will be two hard running sessions (one interval training and one race/tempo) and two sessions of strength and conditioning. I find it better to try to achieve a consistent level of training, and so rather than planning in easier/harder weeks I try to maintain a consistent level where possible and build on this year to year. Most of my training is on roads during the winter as I must train either before or after work.
I generally do very little technical training over the winter. I have however done a lot of technical training over the years, so that might be one of the reasons that I am able to take this approach. I prioritise a focussed block of technical training before the start of the orienteering season and before any major competitions.
Motivation is fleeting. There will be many times where you will not want to go training. If the training is part of your routine, part of your day, you can make it harder to avoid training than it is to get out there in the first place. The best methods I have found to do this are to make training part of your commute (that way you must train otherwise you won’t get home!) or commit to a regular meeting time/place (club training is great for this).
“What was the secret, they wanted to know; in a thousand different ways they wanted to know The Secret. And not one of them was prepared, truly prepared to believe that it had not so much to do with chemicals and zippy mental tricks as with that most unprofound and sometimes heart-rending process of removing, molecule by molecule, the very tough rubber that comprised the bottoms of his training shoes.”
Once a runner by John L. Parker Jr.
Thank you, Kris. 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.
HALO (Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteers), ShUOC (Sheffield University Orienteering Club)