We caught up with Challenge ambassador Lisa Thake to find out how she is staying motivated to carry on training despite the cancellation of some of her target events.
This blog was written on 31 March 2020. At the time of writing, UK citizens have been asked to stay at home, with exceptions for shopping, essential journeys and one form of outdoor exercise per day, in an effort to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As the situation and guidelines may change on a daily basis, we strongly advise that you refer to the NHS guidance, if you are in the UK, for the latest information.
How have your goals for the year been affected?
My goals included a number of events that have already been either cancelled or postponed. I am still waiting to hear the status of some events like the Vatterundan and will need to adapt accordingly. In the scheme of things events are not important when people's lives and livelihood are being affected.
What about your lifestyle and training?
I am lucky to have a job where I am able to work from home until further notice and even luckier that I have a home gym. I'll be able to carry on with strength and conditioning training, cycling on a turbo trainer and running should I wish to on a treadmill. I am not taking for granted that this puts me in a different position to many others and will enable me to continue training.
My husband works in disaster recovery. Since the start of COVID-19, I have not seen him very much due to his company providing critical support for a number of companies. My house has never been so clean and tidy!
How will you stay motivated?
Whilst there is so much uncertainty at the moment I think it is hard to look at event base goals but I can still stick to a training plan at home. I'll be targeting the events that have been postponed to next year or even later this year.
I normally cycle to work but, while I'm working from home, I have been getting on the turbo to start every day with my husband. There are very questionable music choices although I did find I can still recite the lyrics to the whole of Kriss Kross Jump (yep I am that cool). I've enjoyed having the time for us to work out together and starting my day right with some exercise with the added benefit of actually seeing him.
What's your top advice for keeping active at home?
For a lot of people exercise helps with their mental health. Regardless of goals, training isn't always goal-driven so it's important to continue for general wellbeing.
There are alternative ways of keeping active, even if you can't get out. I've been really impressed with the number of personal trainers offering live workouts and sharing ideas for training on social media accounts. For example, Joe Wicks has been offering PE sessions for children, and pro triathlete Lucy Charles and her husband Reece Barclay have created land-based workouts to do when you are unable to use a public swimming pool.
The important thing is to stay positive, stay busy and look after yourself and the people around you