Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Battle with Burnout

As endurance athletes, we are loathe to take rest days, easy days, or act in any way that might cause us to lose a bit of edge. To a point it's what makes us who we are, but there comes a point when it's absolutely necessary to back off in order to save ourselves...from ourselves. In the September 2010 Triathlete Magazine, Kim McDonald has an interesting article regarding this, with some tips on how to avoid burnout.

10 Ways to Avoid Burnout
  1. Take time off after big races.
  2. Don't stress over race results.
  3. Keep training and racing in perspective.
  4. Take your training to a new place.
  5. Be a one-sport athlete for a few months.
  6. Do different kinds of races.
  7. Train with different people.
  8. Take a two-week mid-season break.
  9. Take at least six weeks off after the season.
  10. Do something fun in the off-season.

What do you do tto avoid burning out?

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