February 27th, 2020

Motivation 21

This was a good morning.  Finally had a day where I woke up fired up about training – not dragging my lazy butt for 30 minutes (or more) before getting my act in gear.  My routine has not been easy to get into a groove with.

The alarm goes off at 3am.  At this time, I normally have ZERO enthusiasm for training.  So I’ve gotten into the habit of grabbing my Ipad and listening to YouTube or watching an episode of a TV show before cracking the whip on myself.  This delay first thing in the morning resulted in limited morning workouts before having to get ready for work.  I need to be out of the apartment by 5:30am in order to get to work on time – so my training sessions have been cut short and they haven’t left me with that feeling of positivity that endorphins normally bring.

After work, the drive home take at least 90-100 minutes in heavy traffic.  So getting fired up to work out at night is not something that comes easy.

By Thursday mornings, I’m usually pretty fried – I haven’t been sleeping much at all, and that hasn’t helped in my recovery.

So these are the challenges in front of me:

  • Getting up and out the door at 3am and getting the work in before the day owns me,
  • Getting the work in each evening, even if I’m EXTREMELY unmotivated to do so, and
  • Trying to score more than 4-5 hours of restless sleep a night so that I can recover.

So far, I haven’t adjusted well to he new schedule as it pertains to my preparations for IRONMAN Santa Rosa.  I have 148 days until race day, and I cannot afford any more weak training sessions.  I think improvements in my routine begin with remembering that saying by Tony Robbins: “life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”  Maybe I’ll be more inclined to hop out of bed if I remind myself the night before of the reasons why I’ve set some decent goals for myself this year and one insane one for 2021.  I’ve been so focused on getting through the mornings that I’ve lost sight of the WHY.  A person’s WHY is what gets him / her through the tough stuff.  I’ve been foolish by not keeping it in the forefront of my mind.

That needs to change.



Author: backofthepacker

A slow running, wine slurping, Disney-loving, bourbon swilling triathlete that is simply looking to go from ordinary to extraordinary...and hopefully motivate others along the way.

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