“A candle lit at both ends burns twice as bright but only lasts half as long.” -anon
Is it possible to feel “burn out” for something you love? I struggle with that question every October.
For those that know me and my schedule, I’m pretty intensely involved in the sup scene from March through September with coaching for Stand Strong Paddle Fitness and my work as a sales rep for Starboard.
I travel from Maryland to Maine doing tech clinics, demos and races. I attend a few trade shows in Utah & Florida and In my “spare” time I coach a few athletes.
Weekends off are few & far between. I am the guy trying to get everyone else fired up about the sport.
I love the people I meet, the places I travel to and the causes the events help. I set some personal goals and really look forward to a lot of the races.
What I’ve come to discover is that a break in the action come the fall is a good thing!
It gives me time to just be. Stress levels drop and a sense of freedom from expectation settles in.
So if you’re feeling a bit burnt out, or need a change to re-stoke the fire here are a few suggestions:
*Learn a new water sport: prone paddling, surfing, kiteboarding, outrigger, scuba or windsurfing. There is always something to learn from these that will cross over to your paddling.
*Get instruction in a training method that is new to you: yoga, kettle bells, crossfit, swimming, biking or rowing. Learning the intricatsies of new body movements can benefit you for all your fitness endeavors.
*Stimulate your brain! Learn a new language, play an instrument, go to a museum, read a book or travel to a place you haven’t been before and do something other than paddling.
*Remind yourself how blessed you are! Get involved in a group or charity that helps those less fortunate.
If anyone else feels the same way I would be stoked to hear your suggestions to avoiding burn out.
Mark Colino is head coach at Stand Strong Paddle Fitness, the northeast rep for Starboard surf & sup and a long time mullethead.