Over the last year I’ve really been trying to find where my motivation went. I just haven’t been enjoying my training like I used to. After some in-depth conversations with the hubby I realized that when I got into running it became a social thing. I always had a running partner or group or club or whatever. A year ago when my focus turned to triathlon things changed. Triathlon is a very solo sport. The people in it are great but there are no partners on the course. There is no social time. It is all about the competition (or surviving) the race. I just couldn’t find the “drive” so to speak. It was weird to me because I played high school varsity lacrosse. It was pretty intense and competitive.
So I made a list. What drives me for this sport or any sport for that matter? The answer for me was simple, structure. I have a issue with instant gratification, which is why diets never work for me, which is why I haven’t been happy with triathlon. I haven’t seen a huge improvement in what I’m doing. Therefore, it isn’t fun. I wasn’t getting stronger, or faster, or thinner. Nothing was really improving. Then Jon pointed out, I wasn’t really trying. There was no “pusher” for me now.
In high school, I was driven because I had a coach telling me exactly what to do and when to do it. There was a structure to each practice. Now, how to put that into play with my triathlon training? How to push and structure without the funds to hire a coach.
I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve printed out a dozen training plans just to give up on them a couple weeks in because I wasn’t seeing any improvement. After some research I found the beginnertriathlete.com training plans. After looking over a couple I settled on 2 plans. The first to get me to my spring goal in August. The second to get me to my olympic goal in October. They great thing about these plans are they are colored, very specific, and very structured. The calendar counts down any missed work outs and I can see how I’m progressing.
There is even an app that I can enter my workouts into so that I don’t have to be in front of a computer. My favorite part is that these plans were created by triathlon coaches, so I know I’m getting a quality plan. Fingers crossed this works. I’ve been working on this plan for the last 3 days and I like the feeling of being driven again. I even got angry yesterday when I missed my swim due to storms! That’s new!!
So how is your training going? What programs or plans do you use?