Last week I asked my followers on Twitter what they would like to read from my blog. I got a few great suggestions, so here is my first post about how my days are built and how I zone out from sports.
My typical training day here in Clermont would go approximately as follows:
Waking up at 6:45
Leaving to the track at 8:30
Track session 9:00-11.30
Geting something to eat
Gym session 12:00-13:30 (gym sessions have become a bit shorter than in the Fall, whereas track sessions have gotten longer)
Having a proper lunch
If I have a massage, chiropractor or rehabilitation appointment, I normally have it at 15:00. In that case I have lunch right after the gym session. Then after 16:00 I would head home and 16:30 be at home - if the traffic is smooth.
If I don’t have massage or physiotherapy scheduled, I usually do some exercises or stretch at some point in the afternoon or evening. And of course a big part of my afternoons is to take care that I get enough to eat and that I rest enough from the trainings.
Around 21:00-22:00 I go to bed. So to be honest, on week days, I don’t really get much time to zone out from sports.
(Yes, I follow 9gag.)
When I do happen to have free time, I go out for coffee, watch stand-up comedy, play table tennis (this is a new hobby I’ve discovered here!), read books (even course books every now and then), go on weekend getaways with Robert, do a little shopping or plan private life.
I also love to spend time outside when the weather is good. And of course in addition to the list above, when I want to zone out from sports I contact my friends and family back in Finland. Although during the week it is more challenging, since by the time I get home from practice, it is already quite late in Finland. But during the weekends I take more time for that.
All in all, the athlete life is not as glamorous as one might think. There’s a lot of routine in the daily activities and staying in rhythm that the body knows what to do, when to do and so that there would not be any big surprises. I might like surprises otherwise in life, but I don’t like them in my sport. I like planning and executing. Keep it simple!
Feel free to tweet me more ideas of things you want to read about in my blog!
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