Athletes who can only dedicate a portion of their time to their chosen sport face many challenges, demands, and interferences, from a variety of sources.
A key factor for you as a part-time athlete is time! How do you find the time to do your training, get some recovery time, cook healthy nutritional food, travel to matches and competitions, while possibly juggling a variety of important life activities such as career, housework, looking after family, kids, a social life etc? Financing your sport can also be an issue (the gear, equipment, travel, club membership, entry fees, personal trainer/coach) and motivating yourself at the same time to get out in all types of weather and times of day/night to get that all important training in. In parallel with this, many of you will struggle with the pressure of competing – nerves, anxiety, self-doubt and self-limiting beliefs can all hamper our performance.