Allyson Felix is prepared for the 2021 Olympics. The sprinter — who has 9 Olympic medals (six gold) and is one medal away from being the most decorated woman track and field athlete ever — is ready to compete in her fifth Olympic Video games in Tokyo. Felix is operating the 400-meter sprint and anticipated to run the 4×400 ladies’s relay and the mixed-gender 4×400, which is making its debut in Tokyo.
Like all Tokyo-bound athletes, Felix was initially ready to compete in summer season 2020 — then the pandemic hit. However whereas Felix mentioned she needed to give herself time to grieve the postponed Video games and really feel upset, she made the choice to prioritize her mental health and transfer on to give attention to competing a 12 months later than initially deliberate.
“Being an athlete, the whole lot is so time particular,” she advised POPSUGAR again in Could. After taking a while to course of all of the feelings of getting to increase her coaching for one more 12 months, she began to suppose, “I can nonetheless accomplish these objectives that I’ve, these goals that I’ve. I simply began to attempt to determine how can I exploit this further time to my profit.”
In the beginning of the pandemic, tracks and amenities had been closed, so Felix needed to benefit from what she might entry. “[Training] did not look something the identical,” she mentioned. “For a great portion of the 12 months, we had been displaced and simply sort of coaching within the streets, and on empty fields, and on the seaside in our neighborhood.”
And whereas she finally obtained to get again to her residence observe to coach, there may be additionally the psychological part to preparing for a contest as huge because the Olympics. Nevertheless, she mentioned she tries to not make competing within the Olympics greater than anything. “I am running for like 29 seconds. . . it is very simple to make it the large factor, however I attempt to suppose again to my coaching and to my preparation that I’ve run this race 1,000,000 occasions and the one factor that is totally different is the atmosphere.” Felix then focuses on the technical points of the race and works to “block out all of the noise and all the surface issues that make it really feel so monumental.”
A technique she blocks out noise, fairly actually, is along with her Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. She prefers to make use of them exterior of the health club to take heed to audiobooks, watch exhibits on her cellphone, or take calls. Felix predicts she shall be doing quite a lot of FaceTiming with relations again residence since spectators aren’t allowed on the Video games.
Along with the robust coaching she brings to the observe, Felix’s downtime is simply as essential. Her lively restoration days may entail a long term adopted by some physique work by a chiropractor or getting cryotherapy. She additionally recovers with foam rolling, utilizing a therapeutic massage gun like a Theragun, and stretching.
Self-care can also be important, and Felix is aware of she must disconnect from the observe each infrequently the place she’s not enthusiastic about operating and never going over races or watching movie. Which may embrace watching a film along with her husband, Kenneth Ferguson, or spending time within the park with their daughter, Camryn. She begins off her day with a gratitude journal. “To me, that actually is like time for me to attach with the issues that I am so grateful for and sort of set my break day with a optimistic mindset.”
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