19
Oct
09

I need to sign up for something…fast.

This morning I went to the gym. Maybe it’s that I just did an Olympic distance triathlon on Saturday. Maybe I’m just feeling lazy. Maybe I’m burned out. I just could not get the motivation to swim for more than 10 minutes. I was going to lift weight too but…meh, I just didn’t feel like it.

The thing is, there have been plenty of other times during my training when I didn’t feel like it, but that didn’t stop me. I still did my workouts and felt good about it. Today, I just feel like sleeping. And at the back of my mind I find myself thinking “What does it matter? I’m not signed up for anything.” And that scares me. It scares me because I wonder if I’ll feel any different tomorrow, or the next day, or the next. Maybe I’m just having a single down day, but what if it isn’t just for one day?

The trouble with it all is that it’s the beginning of winter, and that means the end of the triathlon season. Well, it means the end of every season except skiing and snowboarding season, but I don’t ski, and snowboarding won’t keep me in shape for triathlon, even if my back and hipflexor could handle it. My tentative plan is to sign up for the SLC full marathon in April, the Boise half-Ironman in June, and then the full Ironman in Panama City, Florida next November. Perhaps the marathon in April is enough to keep me running, but what about biking and swimming? If I don’t have an event until June, then I feel like I’m going to slack off on those two.

My coach says there’s a duathlon early next year in St. George, so maybe that’s something I can train for, but I need more ideas, even if it means traveling out of state.

  • http://bob.com bob

    dude this is normal. you’re tired and a little burned out. go and do what you want to do when you want to do it. even if you’re skiing or snowboarding as it will still give you a good workout.
    if there is one thing i’ve learned from going pretty non stop over the course of the past 3 years or so is to REST!
    why do you think i signed up for the climbing pass? i need to do something different and something that is fun for me. i know i can’t keep swimming/biking/running for the next year, because i’d be done by next month. my bike has not moved from it’s place in my garage since my century ride 5 weeks ago.

  • http://www.crazytigerrabbitman.blogspot.com Terry

    One word: Squash (not the veg)

    Excellent cardio, excellent core strength, and super fun to boot. Find a once-a-week partner and go for a nice 90 minute run around the squash court. The constant quick starts and stops and redirection of focus is something that I was not accustomed to training for long distance events. This new change was a very welcome one in my own weekly training regiment. I’m even beginning to play around a C level ranking now.