It finally happened. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in my first big race of the season being postponed. How do I feel about this? Honestly, I’m a little bummed, but not totally upset. I was looking forward to having the opportunity to test my fitness as well as visit my family, but I believe the event organizers are doing their best to manage an extremely tough situation and I support their decision.
So what do I do now?
I keep training. I keep working to get a little better every day. My dreams, long term goals, short term goals and process goals haven’t changed. Yes, my training schedule, objectives and periodization will need to be slightly modified, but I haven’t wasted the last couple months of training. In fact, I believe I’ve just been given the perfect opportunity to spend some more time strengthening my weaknesses.
We don’t know how long this pandemic is going to go on and we don’t know how many more events are going to be cancelled, but if you’re healthy and able to get out and train then keep moving forward. Take some time to sit down, review your goals, reassess your strengths and weaknesses, modify your training objectives, and rework your training plan. Then get out and follow the new plan to the best of your ability.
None of us has any control over what may or may not happen to future events, but as long as an event is on the calendar I’m going to keep training for it. Then, when/if it gets postponed or cancelled I’ll repeat the steps above, modify what I need to and move on. I’ll control the variables I can control and try not to get too caught up in those I cannot. Enjoy the process and believe in your self.
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