|The road to race season feels preeeeetty long.|
At this time of year, with winter still lingering and race season still far in the distant future, it can be hard to stay motivated. My body is tired. My mind is tired. Everything is tired. I've been training now for about 3 months, and I still have 2.5 months until my first big race. I'm itching for a race, or something to pull me back on track, to hone my focus, so I have dug deep and found a few ways to stay motivated.
This quote: "Run the mile you are in." I'm not sure if it's actually from Lauren Fleshman (aka Fleshman Flyer), but it was posted on the Picky Bars Instagram page as her favorite quote, so I'm attributing it to her here. I like this quote a lot. So much so that I wrote it on a post-it note so I would always see it.
Reading race reports. The other day I read a few race reports from Katie and Jen, the Hippie Triathlete about the Desert Triathlon they did last weekend, which helped to fuel my fire. These girls are quick and I hope to one day tri as fast as them. (I also seriously contemplated picking up everything and moving to Southern California, but a long harsh winter would do that to anyone.)
Watching motivational videos. One of the girls from the triathlon club reminded us about the Triathlon Live pass for streaming past and future ITU races. With WTS Abu Dhabi this weekend, I'm excited to see how the athletes do. I'm a pretty big Gwen Jorgensen fan girl, especially after watching her crush everyone on the run in Chicago. Watching her run is pretty magical and inspiring.
Checking in on my goals. The start of a new month is always a great time to review your goals. So I'm sitting down with my 2015 goals and giving myself an honest review of how I'm doing so far. And to be honest, I could be doing better. Missed workouts, not enough rest, and off track nutrition at various points over the past 3 months are areas where I can improve going forward. The past is the past, but I still have lots of training ahead of me. Rather than worrying about what's happened so far, I'm more motivated to stick to the plan and work hard going forward.
Time Trials. Coach has me down for a 3k time trial on Saturday at the track. I'll be honest, I'm pretty scared for it. A 3k is short, hard, and ought to be fast. One thing that I need to learn is how to just push to that red line, so I'm going to try my best on Saturday.
New challenges. Learning something new is a great way to stay motivated. I'm pretty excited now that I've at least figured out what to do (doing it is another thing) when I'm skate skiing. And it is actually making me not hate that spring isn't quite here yet, since it gives me more time to practice. Finding a new challenge keeps things fresh and puts us in a place where we can see progress and improvement. While it may not be directly related to my triathlon goals, it is keeping things fun and adding to my overall fitness. For your entertainment... a video of me attempting to ski. Luckily, I figured things out a bit after this and have progressed to looking like I know what I'm doing a tiny bit more. Oh and luckily, you can't hear what I'm saying...