The age old question of how to peak at the right time in your sport is something that has no simple answer. If it did, then every high profile athlete would grab on to it and would show you a stunning performance at the most opportune times. The fact is that with every sport there are going to be times when you feel better or worse, and helping your body feel right so you can peak at the right time is mostly just a matter of listening to your body. The following are some tips for how to peak at the right time in your sport:
- Gradually build up. One of the most important things you can do for your body so that you peak at the right time is to not over-do it too early in the season. People who hit the practice field too hard day one, usually have injury or tired body by the end of the season. This does not mean you should not put forth a great effort, but it does mean to train for where you are at. If you are slightly out of shape, do not try to do workouts you do when you are in great shape. Train for the level you are at, not the level you want to be at. As you get more fit, increase your training.
- Listen to your body. Your body is going to indicate to you whether or not you are training properly. Top level athletes that compete at the olympics, etc. are experts at listening to their bodies, and their coaches. You should take a page out of their book. If you have a game or a race on Saturday, and on Wednesday you feel like garbage, your legs are lead, and you are tired, then do not try to work out through it, give your body a chance for recovery, otherwise you might tank Saturday. This does not mean you should make excuses, or if you do not get enough sleep the night before you should cut out your work out, but it does mean that if your body is telling you that it has had enough, listen.
- Listen to your coaches. Coaches are there to guide you and to help you peak at the right times. They should have a training program put together to help you do just that. Learn to talk to your coaches about any concerns you have. If you have too many games close together, or your workouts are starting to take a toll on you, ask them to sit you out for a while, or to give you more recovery time. However, remember, your coach is a professional in most cases, and you have to give them credit for their knowledge and listen to what they have to say.
- Eat right, sleep right, and reduce stress. Stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep are all going to be factors in your peaking at the wrong time, or not performing well when it really matters. So, reduce the stress in your life, and make sure you follow a good diet, and good sleep regime.