Losing Your Motivation

This past week has been a crazy week for everyone with the Boston Bombings happening and the deaths in Texas. I’m not proud to admit it, but I’ve lost a lot of the prior motivation I’ve had to train for Ironman. During the first 4 months I was getting up early in the mornings to do my workouts, now I’m pushing them off to lunch time or evening training. I don’t have the same drive as I did just a few weeks ago.

Hitting the Wall | Ironman DiaryIronman training can be a rollercoaster ride that is filled with really good days that give you hope and confidence to nightmare days  or weeks that leaving you feeling that leave even the fittest athlete discouraged and questioning their ability or reasoning for finishing Ironman.

From doing some internet browsing, I found a couple different factors can lead to a lack of motivation in training:

  1. Over-training
  2. Outside Stressors (other things happening in your life)
  3. Environment/Weather
  4. Nutrition/Lifestyle
  5. Injuries

Everyone probably experiencing a little bit of all of these throughout their training. It’s important to deal with these issues right away and not let them effect your training more than they should.

A few tips to help overcome a lack of motivation:

  1. Take a break. Take a week off or even 2 to get your mind right. It’s not worth struggling through training if you’re not going to be happy
  2. Train with others. Training with others can always give you a boost of camaraderie
  3. Re-state or re-asses your goals. Your goals can change throughout your training and that’s okay. Adapting is key.
  4. Sign up for smaller/shorter races. Remember why you signed up in the first place (TO HAVE FUN). Do a race and just enjoy yourself.
  5. Talk with others. Whether its your spouse, coach, family member, significant other or best friend. Talk about your training and how your feeling. Sometimes talking about things will greatly reduce the amount of stress and give you a different outlook on your training.

My training: Week 16. As you can see above it wasn’t the most pleasant week. It was a recovery week so my mileage was down a lot. This always might lead to feeling antsy about your training. My calf injury seems to have healed and I am going to start pushing my runs a little harder next week, hoping to get back to the pace I was at before. I was a pacer for the Oshkosh Half Marathon on Sunday. I paced the 1:50 group, finishing time was 1:49:50. Not bad if I say so myself.

My goal this week is to re-evaluate my training goals and take an inventory of where I’m at with my training. From here I can adapt my training moving forward. The down weeks always make the up weeks that much better. Just gotta keep your head up and re-discover your motivation in other places. If anyone has any tips that work well for them please share! Thanks again for reading my blog, 16 weeks in and I’ve had over 8,100 views. Thanks to each and every one of you.

Week totals: 10.75 hours

  • Swimming: 1.5  hours
  • Biking: 4.25 hours
  • Running: 3.75 hours
  • Core: 1.25 hr

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Week 16 –

Tuesday:  1.5 hour bike. 5k run (@ Endurance House. Run for Boston) + Core

Wednesday: 45 minute swim. 4.5 mile run. + Core

Thursday: 1.25 hour spin+ Core

Friday: 4 mile run. 45 minute swim + Core

Saturday: 1.5 hour bike + Core

Sunday: Oshkosh Half Marathon 13.1 miles. I was the 1:50 pacer

Favorite workout of the week: Pacing the Oshkosh Half Marathon. A couple people came up to me afterward and thanked me for helping them accomplish their goals. Felt good!

Least favorite workout of the week: Got stuck inside on Thursday doing a spin.

Advice of the week: Your training plan is just a guide. You must adapt your plan as you move forward.

Thing I’m looking forward to next week: 2 group outdoor rides. Excited to ride with our training group OUTSIDE

10 responses to “Losing Your Motivation

  1. I’ve been there before. Two weeks before I raced 70.3 World Championships my good friend died of cancer. It put everything into perspective for sure, but also took away all my motivation. It took my over a year to really care about racing again, and even now I’m not like I used to be about races. Thanks for this great post – I think everyone can use help in this department since Life happens and we need to adjust 🙂

  2. THis has been in my inbox to read for a few days and I knew I needed to read it. (Motivation to read about motivation?) Anyway, thanks man. Great timing, great advice. It’s really nice to read about other folks taking breaks and revising training plans without having to feel guilty. Congrats on being a pacer, too. That’s pretty cool!

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  4. Great blog and thanks, I am 4 weeks to Iron Man Tremblant and have been fighting planter faciites for 22 days and totally bummed, limping when I walk so running is not even a option. On a roller coaster for the motivation but keep pushing through. I will be at the start on Aug 19th😀

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