Posted by: pursuingsub17 | November 25, 2009

Motivational issues or winter blahs?

First off – my apologies for my long awaited return – and whatever happened to my last blog in September! It went awol. I meant to re-type it but there’s been a lot going on in my life and the desire to write just fell by the wayside. I did re-type it. It was basically all about my new coach’s training plan.

Okay – onward. September was tough. Work was tough – trying to figure out “tri language” from the new coach was tough. Getting back into a work out routine was tough.

I did get into it though by the beginning of October. I bought a book about triathlon for women. It’s a great reference book and half way through it, I realize in terms of equipment, I’m pretty prepared. I do still need to learn how to change a bike tire though before outdoor training! The plyometrics are definitely working. My muscles are firing quicker – and my legs got bigger! Putting on skinny jeans now is like putting on tights.

We advanced to two runs, a long run and a swim and increased difficulty on the core workouts and plyometrics. Unfortunately, I went away on holidays at the beginning of November for a week back to Palm Springs with my mom right when the bike workouts started. I had forgotten what it was like to not be on a schedule and loved it – maybe too much.

Now that I’m back, it’s been hard to get into routine. Last night I was cranky. The thought of sitting on a windtrainer indoors for a half hour or doing burpees because I have to was making me angry. I compare biking on a windtrainer to running on a treadmill. I suddenly detested living in this cold climate. I told Marc last night that maybe I’m feeling a bit of burn out. He suggested working out for the fun of it. Don’t do what I was scheduled to do – just do any kind of work out I want. So I was on the eliptical for 20 minutes and ran for 10. Did I enjoy myself? Yes.

Don’t get me wrong. I like to swim, bike and run. I see the purpose to plyometrics but mentally, I find it boring. I like weights but doing 4 sets of a lot of different weights is time consuming. I look forward to training outside again. It’s going to be a long winter.

Maybe I could deal with this more if work was a little less stressful. We had to apply for a Work Share program (the business reduces employees’ work hours to save money and in turn, employees are allowed to collect EI). It’s a good program but it’s a sign of the times. My boss isn’t sure if things are going to turn around for her business and it might mean the end if we don’t get out of this in a year. I’ll survive – my skills are easily transferrable – but the rest of the staff are professionals with Masters Degrees in a field where there isn’t a lot of jobs. It’s been tough on everyone and contracts are being put on hold “until next year” or so our clients say. They’re suffering too with budget cuts.

But I digress. I need to get focused. Following Marc’s suggestion is a good start. Enjoy working out and don’t look at it as training just yet – just maintenance. Oh, I got my Alberta Triathlon Association membership, registered for the Calgary marathon and I have two 1/2 Ironman races that I have in mind to do next year. If I can make it through Christmas and avoid the excessive drinking and eating, stay focused, I’ll get back on track. Just need to stay positive and have faith.

Anyway, I’m back. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!



  1. YAY!! You’re back! You’re back!

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