Motivation is the activation or energization of goal-oriented behavior.
As many of those around me might be quick to inform you, motivation is not usually an issue for me. I enjoy routine, and the friendships that I've developed are often sewn together by the common thread of fitness, exercise, the outdoors and improving oneself by testing the boundaries. On a gorgeous summer day, there isn't much I'd rather be doing but heading out on my bike and noticing the little nuances about the fields, barns, houses, roads, birds or whatever else we might pass by while rolling on two wheels.
For the past three months, motivation hasn't been this issue, it's been getting this arm up to speed! I was crushed when I learned in early January that I couldn't swim. However, I quickly turned it around and decided to not worry about being on a particular "schedule" (I know, how un-triathletelike of me!). I decided rather than getting down about it, that I would just try to do drills in the pool once a week, and then bike and run in the same proportions I usually would during half ironman prep/base building. It was a nice adaptation from putting in the sometimes longer training weeks of three sports. It really allowed me to concentrate on two and become stronger, more confident, and focus on seeing improvement in those areas.
This past weekend was a big weekend for me.. I realized I'm probably in better shape that I have ever been biking/running-wise at this time of the year than in the past (which would of course make sense!). Surprisingly, my swim times on Friday and Monday weren't that far off of what I was doing back in September/October, but my endurance is severely lacking. I was huffing and puffing after a 400 like someone had just ripped out one of my lungs!
The familiar tiredness of training in all three sports is coming back swiftly, and I'm thankful that I have great friends and training partners to chat with, enjoy their company and just keep me in check! The trainer session was at my house this weekend, and we did have a blast. It was a small group, Heidi, Jeremy, Jocelyn and myself. It was a great group though and we put down a solid 3 hr 45 min ride before transitioning to the t-run.
Just in case you need a little motivation.. I've included a few quotes that I love! Enjoy!
Got to represent! Team Ballou Skies in action baby!
The making of the breakfast! Jeremy / Vanna White, demonstrating how incredibly easy it is to eat Ballou Skies Natural Peanut Butter! Thanks Jeremy!