As a competitor, coming off of competition comes with a mix of emotions. It could be regret for not competing or preparing as well as you could have, it could be pride for performing well, it could be gratitude for the people who helped you get to where you did, or it could be all of those things and none of them at the same time.
The one feeling I know that is universal amongst athletes is the drive to improve. Post-competition can be hard and it is what I like to call 'the wandering phase,' especially if you don’t have the next competition already on your calendar. It’s a time that requires a lot of self-reflection, goal-setting, and critical time off, but it’s also probably one of the most fundamental components to an athlete’s development.
I sat down with my coach (because yes, coaches need coaches, too) to talk about what comes after competing and how to make sure training is not just something that ebbs and flows with the season of competition but is something that can be enjoyed for life.
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