So you survived the Open, now what?
Now, you go to work.
You spent the last few weeks learning about what you do well, what you could do better, and what new things you should put some practice into.
When it comes to learning about yourself as an athlete, learning looks like reflecting on your past performance and being critical about where you made progress and where you could spend more of your time.
Let’s look at the improvements first. Pick apart your performance each week and compare your performance to best years. Did you finish in a higher percentile, or maybe finish a repeat workout faster, or even did a workout in the next division up from last year?
Take that information and use it to help plan your practice time going forward. Having the ability to shift how much time you spend on your toes to bar this year can lead to growth in other areas. You can also use this information to validate practicing in the right areas if you made improvements from previous years but aren’t quite where you want to be.
The next thing to do is evaluate where you may have fallen short. In these areas, you want to consider devoting more of your time to them, or if you have not been at all, begin devoting some of your time to these areas. Now that it has been asked of you this year if it comes up again, you want to make sure you are ready.
Once you know what is missing from your repertoire, it is a matter of planning your time and doing the work. Block out what you will work on, which days, and for how long. You also want to track your progress and give yourself chances to test where your new abilities are at. The Open is the final exam each year but you better get at least one other test under your belt before finals.