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The Big ‘WHY’

purposeAround this time every year, a number of the athletes that I work with start to struggle a little bit with motivation. This is a fairly universal issue faced by pros and age groupers alike. There are a number of reasons for this.

  1. Often times, athletes races are quite a distance in the future.
  2. Athletes are coming off a long racing season and are in need of a physical and mental break.
  3. Many individuals (including myself) are forced indoors for much of their training due to weather.
  4. The aerobic phase that many athletes enter over the winter months often make it difficult to stay cognitively engaged in each workout.
  5. Family travels, holidays, etc disrupt the normal routine.
  6. Insert your reason here…the list goes on and on!

why2I think it is important to understand that it is completely natural to have times when getting yourself out of bed at 5:00 a.m. for a workout is easier and times where hitting the snooze button…or even just shutting the alarm off seem too appealing to pass up. THAT IS OK!!! But just because you aren’t feeling the same inner drive automatically every day doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. You can certainly try to push through and “force” the motivation to come. Sometimes that works. However, I think there are better ways you get over this hump. Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to be addressing this. I’ll talk about how I personally deal with it as well as the process I lead athletes through if they are having difficulties lighting the ‘fire in the belly’ necessary to push yourself in training every day. I am breaking this up into a number of posts for a few reasons. I don’t want to lose you in a long drawn out rant for starters. But also because I will assign ‘homework’ or sorts at the end of each post…sorry, the old college professor in me is showing through! At the end of each post, I’ll include a “Coach’s Challenge.” If you are still reading this, there is a good chance that is hitting close to home. So I encourage you to take these challenges seriously!!!

why-3Coach’s Challenge 
Take a few minutes…or quite a few…and think about WHY you tri (or run/bike/swim…or anything else for that matter). Why is it important to you? Why are you willing to invest your valuable time and hard earned money into this sport? Once you have a good idea of this, the next step is to find a piece of paper and a pen. Then WRITE DOWN YOUR WHY!!! Yes, write it down. It may take you a few tries to remember your penmanship to make it legible…that’s ok. More on the whole “write it down” in future posts, but for now just trust me that it’s important! More soon :).

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