#70 - I have a problem maintaining my pace. One day I’ll bowl fast and the very next day I will lose my pace. How can I fix this?

QUESTION

I have a problem maintaining my pace. One day I’ll bowl fast and the very next day I will lose my pace. How can I fix this?


ANSWER

Hey,

This could be down to a few things. Fast bowling is a high intensity activity and it takes a lot out of the body, therefore, recovery after a long day in the field is extremely important. You can’t expect to bowl fast every day – at some stage, you’ll need to rest!

Managing your workloads is one of the hardest parts of being an athlete. An athlete’s natural mindset is to do more and more, but you must balance the amount of work and level of intensity if you want to perform consistently.

If you’re feeling exhausted after a long day, chances are that you tried to force the pace and worked yourself to the limit. 

Managing workloads comes down to planning. If you know you’ve got a few games lined up back to back. Don’t search for pace, search for rhythm and settle into a groove. Don’t go all out and exhaust yourself when you know you’ve got a job to do the very next day! Have you ever wondered why some of the fastest bowlers in the world aren’t bowling at their top speed throughout a Test Match? They’re managing their energy output! 

I’d also advise you to start implementing a recovery regime. Your regime will depend on your resources and facilities but even something as simple as a long static stretch, plenty of water and recovery food will make a big difference. If you have access; then a light swim and stretch, sports massage and ice baths are also great!

To conclude, be smart for better performance! 

I hope that helps. 

All the best.


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