To name a few external stressors that are part of life which can impact your training and racing results are:
- Seasonal increases in workload at your place of business
- Financial obligations
- Student exams
- Social commitments
- and many more...
Though many external stressors are unexpected and can overload you quickly there are those that can be predicted and built into the training plan.
For those working a full or part time job busy periods and holiday breaks can often be predicted and planned.
For the full and part time student exam periods and holiday breaks are set well in advance so that they can also be built into the training plan.
Identify your stressors and build your training plan so your recovery weeks and decreased periods of training volume occur during these periods. Avoid the frustration of missed workouts and make your plan work for you. Don't let your plan work you over.