Your Race Has Been Cancelled / Postponed – Now What?

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You’ve made travel plans, been training hard… and now your race has been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. So where do you go from here?

Well, in all reality, the first step (which you’ve likely already done) is to get pissed off and perhaps eat an entire sleeve of Girl Scout cookies – we don’t blame you!

Now that the Thin Mints are not longer an issue – let’s get down to business!

While no doubt unfortunate, like a lot of unforeseen events, there is often a silver lining. Whether it be providing you more time to train, rest/rehab a nagging injury or allowing you to mentally recharge – a forced break from competition can be a blessing in disguise.

Assuming that you plan on racing later in the year, below are 5 things you can focus on now:

STAY IN SHAPE

Just because you can’t do group runs/rides and your race is now 6 months away, it doesn’t mean that you can let yourself completely go and trade your training time for Netflix binging. Do you need to have as much structure as you would have if your race was in one month? No. But you do need to preserve some semblance of fitness so that when you do start back with structured training, you won’t be starting from zero.

HAVE FUN!

I know… this is a weird thing to say given the current climate of things. However, often we get so bogged down in the nuances of training that we forget to have fun. I can remember a training route that I used to ride all the time that took me through beautiful country roads but I only ever noticed them when I drove through, as I was always so focused on the training ride. Hopefully you’re not like me and appreciate your surroundings and have fun even while training. If not, this ‘forced break’ is a great opportunity to stop looking at your GPS watch or cycle computer and take in your surroundings. 

TRY NEW THINGS

Whether it be a Zwift run/ride or trying out a new sport or activity, this is a great time to try new things that can develop your fitness and also keep you mentally fresh.

PLAN OUT YOUR SEASON

It’s true, none of us know exactly how or when events will start again – however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan for the future. This is especially the case if your event got rescheduled to the fall. One benefit of these rescheduled events is that you may have more favorable weather to train in versus if your event was in the springtime. This might allow you to be in better shape for your event.

GET SOME REST

We all live hectic lives. For a lot of us, this means running from one thing to the next without much downtime. Whether it be because you’re working from home and have a bit more schedule flexibility or because you don’t have all your normal training session(s), this time period may afford you a bit more time to rest up and relax.

SUMMARY

While this period of uncertainty is by no means stress-free, from a training perspective, it might just be want you’ve been needing for quite some time!


Rick Prince is the founder of United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy (UESCA), a science/evidence-based endurance sports coaching education company that certifies running and triathlon coaches.

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Rick Prince

Rick Prince

Founder/Director of United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy (UESCA).

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