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Better Than Yesterday

Had a bad race? Frustrated with training? Athletes strive to be their best, but that’s not possible all the time. What we must aim for is to be better than yesterday.  The route to success is rarely a straight line. When obstacles appear, it is how you overcome them that is important.

Analyse and Reflect to be better than yesterday

Chase Yesterday

Whatever your sport or standard, the likelihood is that you have a goal or PB to chase. You won’t always have a great race or workout though, so we need to re-frame the situation. What I love about Triathlons and running is that you just focus on yourself, but being better than yesterday is the key.

When we look back to see how far we’ve come we can learn from mistakes. Experience is key. Learning from past training, mistakes and races is so important.

See how far you've come

Acknowledge and Analyze

When my swims seem a struggle I look back at how far I have come first. I remind myself that I was unable to swim in 2012. After that, I can look at what went wrong in the session – did my technique change, my food, or my sleep? I look in depth to try and improve for next time.

Always Learning

Being an athlete is a constant learning experience. Over the past 10 years my training, diet, mental approach has changed. I have learnt lessons and adapted my training so that I can be the best I can be.

When assessing how to be better than yesterday, have a look at all aspects. Training smarter is key and if you train smart you will reap the benefits and the awards it brings.  Perhaps you keep getting injured? Then changing to cross-training or Pilates may help you overcome this. Maybe you need to take an extra rest day –  over the years you learn that rest is key and even more key when you get older.

Reflect, Assess, Enjoy

When things don’t go to plan, look at how far you have come. Then assess, see what went wrong and whether anything needs changing. But most of all make sure you enjoy your training.

Enjoy training
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Yiannis Christodoulou
Yiannis Christodoulou
European and National Aquathlon age group champion.

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