My First Offseason

The concept of an offseason is very foreign to me. I know all about the regular season, the preseason, as well as winter and fall training. But the offseason is truly uncharted territories. That is why I initially panicked when I sent Dr. B my training results after my last meet and received this short message in response: “Martin. Stop training. 3 Weeks passive rest. AB”

Three weeks might not sound like much, but let’s put that in perspective for me. Last year I took just ten days off after my season ended … and that was for my honeymoon. That was my biggest break in years and I did everything to make the break as short as possible, including training up until the morning of my wedding and again on the day I returned from the trip. Back in 2007 I rested the most after the season since I worked full-time throughout the summer. But while I took more days off each week, I never took more than a few days off at one time. In all other recent years I didn’t take a break. My memory from way back in 2002 is vague and recorded only in training journals thousands of miles away, but as I recall that was the last time I took a very long break from throwing. I was 18 then.


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4 replies
    • Martin
      Martin says:

      Nothing planned yet. I always enjoy competing at Mt. SAC, but it will have to depend on my work schedule. I will also definitely have more meets on my calendar, but the dates have not been finalized for a lot of events either.

  1. Ibe
    Ibe says:

    Enjoy your break. Coaches and exercise physiologist generally overemphasize detraining effects and underplay (or are ignorant of ) the benefits of psychological rest from training.


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