KEEP THE BALL ROLLING
By – ALICIA EVANS
Since racing the 24hrs of Adrenalin have you found yourself asking the question “Now What”? This is something you should answer sooner rather than later, especially if you are one to procrastinate. With the event calendar full of all sorts of events, availability and variety isn’t an excuse. If you raced Solo, then you will need to give yourself time to recover. Many coaches often recommend active recovery which could include activities that you may not normally do, but that will allow you to keep your body moving and assist recovery. Walking, hiking and swimming are all great activities.
You may need to give your body time to recover from the foods you consumed during the race. Endurance events call on all your body resources and so, the fuel pre, during and post is crucial to performance and recovery.
Many riders will have committed a large amount of time to training for the weekend, often sacrificing time with family and friends. Now is the time to give back and direct your attention towards those people, as they are the ones (most likely) that helped you get through the race.
If you raced in a team and thrived on the supportive environment, friendly competition and camaraderie sign up again for next year and in the meantime look for other events to participate in. Many people find racing as a team takes some of the pressure off the individual as you have your partner or team mates to focus on. When you experience a tough patch during the race, they can pull you through and vice versa.
Often we walk away from events or challenges inspired to do more, be more, see more and implement change. The best time for that is now. Whether you find inspiration from the performance of others, from the achievement of individual goals or you have that internal motivation that we all seek dream big. In the words of Henry Ford…
“WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN, OR THINK YOU CAN’T, YOU’RE RIGHT”