“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” – Plato
While Plato, had no idea of COVID-19’s effect on our sports events and training in 2020, he was certainly right about the benefits of our training in these next few months. It’s fair to say that 2-3 weeks in and we are all now feeling the pinch of the restrictions on training (one exercise outside per day, within our local area.) In understanding the medical purposes of the restriction, it doesn’t make the challenges upon training any easier. There are, however, plenty of hints and tips going around, and we’ve found some especially good suggestions from cycling, running and triathlon magazines. What we thought would be useful, is to get an insight into what some of our top athletes are doing during this time, and also put together some of those useful “hints and tips” from a few online mags.
Many of you will remember Josh speaking with us on our London Marathon Q&A, explaining how he prepares for the event. Well, we haven’t interviewed him on COVID-19, but luckily, Trail Running Magazine already has, and Josh talks about peoples worry of losing their fitness HERE, and offers his perspective towards training and future events. Some key and insightful quotes from Josh are:
Similarly, Elinor has offered her thoughts to BBC Sport Wales and The Telegraph on the dramatic effect this pandemic has had on her season, saying “I can’t pretend I’m not devastated. Just a few weeks ago, after the Track World Championships in Berlin, we were busy answering questions about the likelihood (or not) of further GB domination at the 2020 Olympics. We talked of equipment and tapers and luck. Not one of us mentioned a global pandemic as a potential barrier to the outcome we all wanted.” Adding that; “Over a number of Olympic cycles, we’ve developed a growing entitlement to a clean sweep of medals. In reality, we aren’t entitled to an Olympic Games at all. “
Elinor also has an article in Cycling Weekly where she writes about the coinciding of the “postponed Tokyo Olympics with the move of track cycling to a summer schedule in 2021 i.e. no winter world cups or World Champs between now and Tokyo.” She ends by also offering a useful mindset for us to employ, of enjoying the things we take for granted such as “savouring being able to explore quiet roads on my bike as part of my daily exercise.”
First off, here’s a great video from Global Cycling Network we found from back in 2014, when Corona was still just a beer. It gives suggestions to make indoor cycling more interesting but do ignore point 7 on the video… you’ll see why!
As for our runners; Runner’s World have written an article with a good many options for home workouts, such as cross training alternatives. Among others, RW suggest the following… mostly they’re free trial periods, but if nothing else, a good way to get motivated:
Hopefully these links and articles will be useful. Even if they’re just good to get you thinking about where to go from here; inspiring your training in these challenging weeks and months ahead.
We wish you all the best in your training ahead and keep focused on your goals. A memorable quote from my own coach… “If you’re not training, your competition is.”