Thursday, March 5, 2015

Digging Deep: Finding Motivation in the Depths of Winter

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...

7 comments:

  1. I think the fact that you are training in harsh wintery conditions will only make you physically and mentally stronger come race day. I know it is probably exhausting dealing with the cold and snow everyday, but when I see all of the pictures of you bundled up, frosty eyelashes, and still smiling, I think to myself "that is a TOUGH, strong woman." Hang in there girlfriend - race season is right around the corner and you'll be blowing by the competition.

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    1. Thank you so much lady! You are a constant inspiration to me :) I think you may be right, winter builds mental toughness and character!

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  2. Training has been SO hard this Winter! I know you are north of where I am (Boston) and we are suffering through a similar winter battle! I honestly think this is going to make us STRONGER. Our mental toughness is going to be through the roof come Summer, I know it! I agree with you about the Time Trials, that has been helping to motivate me recently. Before you know it, you'll be at that first race of yours:) Keep up the great work!!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I agree we will be so much tougher after surviving our winter training. We can do it. Spring is around the corner and we will be ready to tackle those slush and ice free roads :)

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  3. What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger!!!!! I love the quote run the mile you are in!! I don't really think about it too much when training but I absolutely do in races!! :) Good luck with your TT. You will kill it! It is always hard finding that right medium of hard enough but not redlining too early!!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! Yes, that quote is great. Hoping to get better at figuring out where that redline is (not sure I've ever been there yet!).

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  4. The "My mind is tired" is something I can certainly relate with this time of year! It's tough to choose between dealing with icy conditions or the boring treadmill. Great tips here on how to stay motivated, race recaps is a good one!

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