We all want to achieve big things when it comes to rowing, and in general there is nothing wrong with having high expectations of yourself and setting goals that are both challenging and a little out of reach if you want to truly want to get better in this sport. However what if rowing becomes the focal point of your life, overriding everything else? Chances are there’s a huge risk that you’ll end up overtraining – and yet, not getting the results you wanted because you don’t allow yourself to recover properly.
To keep making progress and to achieve success as an athlete, you need to be more than an athlete.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF OVERTRAINING.
The early warning signs of balance slipping away may be different for you but whatever they are, it’s important you learn to recognize them.
“If you ignore those first signs, you’ll soon start to exhibit symptoms that you can’t just shrug off.”
HOW TO REGAIN BALANCE AFTER OVERTRAINING
If these symptoms ring a bell, you may be overtraining and on your way to burnout. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to stop and change course.
Here’s what we at Dark Horse have found useful to regain balance:
It’s about making good decisions a little easier and bad decisions a little harder for yourself.
Again, the new thing you try doesn’t have to be huge, but it can make a huge difference. Being aware of the little things is huge component of long term development. Not only do we want you rowing but we want you rowing healthy. Be smart out there team and let’s make sure 2019 isnt the year of overtraining!