What keeps you motivated? Or perhaps you never need to get motivated ?

  • snowythepup

    Posts: 1

    Jan 19, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    Hi Guys,
    There seems to be some very motivated guys here.
    I've been doing triathlons on and off for a few years now and will be training again back up to half ironman distance this coming season.

    I'm keen to know though what actually keeps you guys going out training?

    I guess if one is successful and getting good results its easier to stay motivated,

    At the moment the biggest thing that keeps me training is watching my body gradually getting leaner and more muscular. However, im not sure if thats what i should be motivated by as a triathlete.

    your thoughts are welcome

    all the best
    Cornwall in the UK
  • Atriathlete

    Posts: 70

    Jan 19, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    Motivation during the off season is usually a problem. It's part weather, and part burnout from swimming, biking and running all the time. In the off season, it's really important to break things up, and make sure you're ready to start serious training when the season starts. It's a great time to lower the overall training volume.

    Some ideas:

    --Try something new or fresh. Do yoga. Do crossfit. Do more strength training. Add some plyometrics into your routine.

    --Find a winter running race to sign up for.

    --Make a pact with a friend to meet each other a few times a week for training.

    --Create shorter training sessions, but with more intensity.

    --Alternatively, enjoy an early base building phase, and practice just going slow.

    --Do something to work on your technique. Take swim lessons. Join masters. Take a running clinic (yes, there is technique to running.)

    --Take a vacation to some place warm. Incorporate training into that vacation.

    --Create a situation where you are forced to publicly post your workouts (or lack thereof).

    --Remember doing something for 30 minutes is better than doing nothing at all.

    --The hardest part is frequently just getting out the door. Pack your gym bag the night before.
  • roadbikeRob

    Posts: 17998

    Feb 23, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    I definately need to get motivated. I have laid off my running as of late and I am feeling it. My roadbike is put away for the winter. I can hardly wait for spring so I can get back on my bike and start cycling. As for triathlon, I always wanted to do a triathlon but open water swims are the one part that can be very troublesome for me.
  • Atriathlete

    Posts: 70

    Feb 27, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    @Roadbikerob: Getting used to open water is challenging for many people. A wetsuit helps because if you "stand up" in the water while wearing one, you'll float at about chest level. It's really hard to drown. But there is the washer machine effect.

    In the winter at the pool, you can try to mirror some of the challenges by:

    1) Doing "no touch" distance swims in the pool. You would, for example, do a straight 1500, but never touch the sides of the pool. It's much harder than it sounds, and is longer timewise than an actual open water 1500 (because you don't do so much changing of directions).

    2) Practice your sighting. Swim 25s in which you have to pull just your eyes out of the water to spot an item on the wall of the pool.

    Other than that, you need to get wet outdoors.