There is always that one drill at every practice you don’t like. The one that makes you want to curl up in the foetal position as soon as the coach announces it. The one that uses all those skills that you don’t have and that you have no interest in working on.
It doesn’t seem fair, does it? You shouldn’t have to do things that are hard and scary, just because you want to be a badass athlete.
If you, too, suffer from drills that you hate then this article is for you!
This is the ultimate guide to avoiding drills you don’t like.
Arrive late for practice.
The start of a session is a good part to miss, because warm-ups can be hard. Car break-down? Public transport disaster? Cat emergency? These are all excellent excuses for why you arrived late.
Ignore the fact that everyone else managed to get there on time. They probably need to check their privilege.
Bonus: if you do this often enough, people will no longer even be surprised that you are late.
Be slow to kit up.
There is no reason to hurry. You are in the hall, which counts for just as much as actually taking part.
Take your time with the warm-up.
This one works well when combined with ‘arriving late for practice’. Since you will clearly work harder than everyone else, it’s best to do all the extra warm-up stretches that you can think off. This also sets the stage for possible ‘injuries’ later on (see below).
Waste time with other stuff.
The warm-up is finished and the actual session is about to start. Now is a perfect time to do all those things you might have done before the start of the session: changing wheels, changing tops, filling up on water, drawing numbers on your arm or bandaging that blister you already knew you had.
Don’t worry about holding up everyone else. This session runs by your timetable.
Take convenient water breaks.
This one is great. You can do this any time during a session and as many times as you want.
Feign an injury.
Be creative here. You want to make sure that your ‘injury’ is bad enough that you definitely have to sit out that drill you don’t like. But be careful! You don’t want your injury to take you out of the drills that you do like (you know, the ones that you are already good at).
Don’t just sit quietly on the side. Try to draw lots of attention to yourself. The coaches need to know that it’s not your choice to sit out.
Ask inane questions to waste time.
The more time you spend talking at training, the less time there is for the horrible drill you are trying to avoid. You can even just start a lengthy discussion mid-drill on track. Listening to you is much more valuable for your partners than doing the drill anyway.
Pair up with someone weak.
Sometimes doing that hated drill is simply unavoidable. But you can make it more bearable and avoid being challenged by simply pairing up with someone weaker than you. But beware! Those pesky newbies will often get better than you really quickly (how do they do that???). So you’ll have to find a new weak partner regularly.
You’ve worked hard, you deserve a break. Make sure to tell people just exactly how hard you worked. Your words in these moments speak louder than your actions in the last two hours.
Follow these tips and you’ll never have to step out of your comfort zone again!