My best way to stay motivated is to sign up for a big race. I didn't have that option here. Because of this I formed bad habits over the winter. The worst one being "going through the motions" in training. Showing up, training, but not being 100% present in my own training. Making my body move, but just mentally not in to it. Doing the bare minimum in order to have something to put in to the training log. In addition to that, I drank more often then I normally do. My normal is a few hard ciders on Friday or Saturday, but I found myself having a few on some weeknights, if I had an especially bad day, or even a really good day. Friday and Saturday I would partake, and even some Sundays. My reality check was when I was skipping early morning training because of a hangover. Fortunately, I was quickly able to go back to "my normal" and just a few on Friday or Saturday.
But the real issue still stood of not being present in my own training, and at times not being present in my own life. I was too easily skipping training that I knew had to get done. My time management was going poorly as well. I just didn't know what to do or how to deal anymore. I love triathlon, and this long off-season was slowly killing me. I felt like I was letting down my family, for not giving it my best, and my teammates, for the same reason. I was given a coveted spot on a highly sought after triathlon team, and I wasn't even present in my own training.
After a really amazing 32nd birthday with my family, I gave myself some time to reflect on the situation. I was picked for the team for a reason. Swim Bike Mom believed in me so much she selected me for this team out of 100s of applicants. I need to represent mom triathletes everywhere and the amazing brand that is Swim Bike Mom. I needed to get serious, and be present. I need to be the best me I can be. I know what I am capable of if I am just simply present in my training and racing. Armed with my new Garmin 920xt my husband gave me for my birthday, I snapped out of it, and got serious again.
Like night and day, that next week, my training was great again. Most importantly, I was present in my training again. This 1 mile brick run after a 36 mile bike ride made me hoist my arms up in victory in front of my house
|First Sub 7 of the year|
|Having a blast!|
For my team