Thursday, October 2, 2014

Getting Back on Track

Let's be honest. My motivation lately has been at about a level 2 on a 1-10 scale.  Finding time to get my workouts in has not been a priority and even with a half-marathon... my longest run ever... looming in the very near future, I haven't been able to muster the motivation to train for it.  All those grand plans of training and gaining strength in the off-season haven't happened either. So, it's time to get back on track and to find that fire again.  These are the things I am thinking about:

1) Accepting that my body needs rest - my triathlon season was long and intense.  I started my training in January and did my last race in early September.  Taking a break now is good for my health.  Skipping a week of swim practice at this point in the year will not affect me next season.

2) Mixing up the routine and finding some inner peace - I took up yoga this week.  It is a new challenge for me.  Yoga has never been my favorite. But I found a great studio and so far, I'm loving it.  To give myself the chance to love yoga, to challenge my body in new ways, to build strength and flexibility of body and mind, I signed up for a month of classes.  My goal is to go as often as possible, try as many different styles and teachers as possible, and be as open as possible to the experience.

3) Returning to routine and balance - summer and the rigours of training had me in some ways in a great routine (my workouts), but in other ways complete chaos (my nutrition).  I'm trying to bring balance back and trying to get back into a rhythm where I train, eat right, and still have a life.

4) Starting small - Getting back to balance isn't going to happen overnight. I'm trying to gradually switch my diet back to where I no longer eat whatever I want, whenever I want.  I'm trying to gradually get to the point where I fit in all of my workouts.

5) Looking for support - so many of my friends are athletes.  I'm trying to use them as inspiration and motivation. Thank goodness we've maintained our weekly track practices, for example, because at least I have some buddies to challenge me there.

6) Being kind to myself - no sense in beating myself up over a missed workout or a nutrition slip up. 

How do you get back on track when you've lost motivation or fallen out of your good habits?

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