The world need to response to COVID-19 for sure, and with that everyone is going to feel it. Businesses have been shut down. Travel has been restricted. Even leaving our homes has taken on a completely new dynamic. And most importantly, some have become sick or worse.
As athletes, the impact is clear. Races are being cancelled or postponed. Gyms have temporarily closed their doors. Pools are off limits. A lot of those who keep their training focus with the carrot of a race coming up are now like a boat without a rudder. They have lost their motivation to train and are wondering what to do.
The reasons for doing anything will likely need to be altered. Purpose to get out of bed and do more than worry will by necessity have to be found.
I will be posting my thoughts as I too navigate through this ever-changing time. Some may be suggestions on how to adapt actual training so that you do keep getting out there and staying fit. Most will just be what I am seeing and experiencing.
In this video I am talking about Shelter in Place Day 3 here in Santa Cruz, CA. I think you will likely hear an echo of all conversations you are likely having with your family and friends. There’s likely nothing earth shattering in it. But like getting through anything, it’s often easier when you feel like you are not the only one rowing the boat of challenge! Enjoy and stay tuned for more!
I am the Founder and CEO at Mark Allen Coaching. I am proud to have been voted in an ESPN global poll "The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time." During my multi-sport career I won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship six time, the inaugural Triathlon World Championship at the Olympic Distance in Avignon, France, and at one point in my career I won 21 straight races across every derivation and distance. It was a great career, but that's all it would ever be unless I was able to share all of the experience and methodology we invented long before smart watches, power meters, and flashy uniforms. That's why I started Mark Allen Coaching, as a way to return to others at least the part of the gifts I received.