PUT SOME UNSTRUCTURED STRUCTURE IN YOUR TRAINING

img_1815By Nicole Odell

Structure and routine are often quite important in our daily lives. We need routine, but to keep things fresh we can mix up what we are doing and try new things. We can relax a bit within our framework so we’re still maintaining some structure.

Most of us endurance athletes have a regular weekly schedule so it’s easiest to keep our training on a regular schedule. Quality workouts fall on the same days each week. We know what days we are swimming, cycling, and running if we are multi-sport athletes.

But sometimes we get stuck in a rut and ride the same routes, and our motivation falters.

If you’re needing a little extra motivation, or if you are a little bored with your routine, find a way to change it up.

Go exploring!

Spend 30 minutes on Google Maps or Strava to find some new routes.

Join in on a different group ride.

Make that easy ride a cruise to a coffee shop you’ve never been to, or hit up a trail when you might normally be on the road.

A change of scenery can remind us why we like to do what we do. Play around in your swim workout…swim underwater, try new strokes, teach yourself to flip turn, or work on that butterfly kick.

If you’re feeling stressed, bored, or just need a change of pace (even if you’re smack in the middle of race season), doing something a little different can be the ticket.

Remember, we do this because we love it! Keep your love for your sport exciting by switching things up once in a while.