I Can’t Train its Raining
I can’ train cause it’s raining!
One line frequently heard of especially more so during COVID being used as an excuse is “I Can’t Train its Raining”
Fair Enough if you in Manila. You probably will get sick because of all the chemicals in the rain. One of the many disadvantages student-athletes does not consider when they move to Manila. The option here is an indoor facility that Manila really lacks. They have no full-sized (200m round) indoor facility for athletes to train at.
If we recall the wicked witch of the west from the wizard of OZ. “IM MELTING” that is what the will power of a lot of student-athletes in the Philippines is exactly like.
The flimsiest excuse is when you in the Province and the rainwater is clean and you certainly will not get sick.
Another thing who would not like to workout in the Rain?
Doesn’t it make a refreshing change?
When the hot humid temperature of the Philippines is always in the 30-40 Centigrade range.
- Change of Clothes (especially extra socks heck pack 5 pairs if you want the more the better, dry shoes also, sandals)
- Some Soap
- Shoes with the right amount of grip
- An Umbrella
- Your Game Face
AND GET YOUR ASS TO TRAINING!
More Information on what to pack in an athletes kit.
Get a Grip with the right Foot Wear
What you should be more concerned about if it’s raining. Is appropriate footwear so you don’t slip over. However, if you are using spike shoes on an “All Weather Track” next to nil chance you going to slip over. Rubber shoes on the grass well that is a different situation altogether.
Let’s say if its light rain and you in the province. Absolutely no reason to skip training if you have the right footwear.
If its heavy rain then an alternative might be gym, drills indoor, medicine ball, plyo boxes, etc.
Mental Strength in Training
Let’s say for example if your an athlete who would rather stay wrapped up in the comfort of your room playing Mobile Legends when it’s raining. Well, what if your opponents are training in that sort of weather.
When I was coaching at the Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy I handled 18 sprinters. And if it was light rain my group was the only group on the 8 lanes rubber all-weather oval. The athletes of the other coaches retreated to the comfort of the dormitories. If it was heavy rain my group was training in the basketball arena and the gym doing gym, drills, med ball, plyo boxes, strides.
If we look at all the most successful athletes in Philippines Athletics. Ernest Obiena, Eric Cray, Kristina Knott, William Morrison, Mary Joy Tabal, Marestella Sunang, Henry Dagmil etc.. Do you think a little bit of rain hindered them from training?
What if it Rains in Competition
Seriously if your not going to show up in Training cause of fear of getting wet from a sprinkle of rain.
Does this also mean if it rains during a competition you won’t even show up?
Think about it if you have a Phobia or strange obsession with getting sick from the rain. Then in competition, it will probably affect your performance because your overthinking it.
Real Athletes Find Ways They Do Not Make Excuses
We will continue this series with more Phobias and Misconceptions regarding training.
Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017.
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
He can be contacted on [email protected]
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