In Search of Motivation – 2014 Races

My life has just been crazy busy lately. It’s nice, but on the same hand, I don’t like it. I’ve also been lacking in motivation lately too. Now that I’ve become my own personal trainer, I feel like I don’t have to be held accountable, ya know? So, I’ve been really slacking. Knowing I haven’t had any races to train for hasn’t been helping either.

So, what am I going to do about it? Well, today I signed up for the Utah State Triathlon Championship Half Iron distance race on Sept 13. It isn’t an Ironman sanctioned event, but it is USAT sanctioned. Unfortunately, I can’t afford an actual Ironman this year. I realize the race isn’t until Sept 2014, and training won’t start until May 2014, but hopefully it’ll help me get my butt in gear. It does make me a little nervous though. I’ve searched online for free training plans and I found this training plan that I’m going to use to get ready for the 70.3. It differs from the training plan I had when I had a coach and he trained me for my first 1/2 Ironman. It just…I don’t know…makes me nervous. Have you ever used a free training plan you’ve found online?

I also signed up to be part of a triathlon team too. I am now a member of the Salt Lake Tri Club. They’ve taken a little bit of a break due to the holidays, but after the holidays, they are going to be meeting I think twice a week or once a week or something for group workouts. I’m SUPER excited!!!

I also started Masters Swim too. I went to one Masters swim class on 12/23, but then Christmas came and I haven’t been since. Starting this Monday, I’ll be going to Masters Swim more. At Masters, they have different swimming lanes for different speeds. I automatically put myself in the slow lane. I haven’t been as fast as I used to be because I haven’t been doing weights, etc.,  but about 1/3 of the way through the swim, the lady in the next lane over turned to me and said “You’re not as slow as you think you are…” That helped my motivation a little bit. Hopefully if I keep going, I’ll start to see a little bit of improvement.

What else am I going to do? Well, lately, my drink of choice has been Diet Mt Dew. I know, I know…I need to lay off the soda. Caffeine is my go-to for energy. I struggle sleeping at night, so caffeine helps get me through the day. Well, starting tomorrow…no more soda. I will replace soda with coffee. The boyfriend and I got this nifty little coffee maker that makes 1 cup of coffee at a time. It takes up less counter space too. I’m definitely going to try it out tomorrow.

What else am I going to do? I need to get back in the habit of doing my weights & core workout. I don’t remember the last time I did weights. It’s been a while. I can tell too. Parts of my body are getting flabby again from the weight loss and my skin isn’t as tight and toned. :( Gotta change that!

Now that I’ve signed up for 1 race, there’s a kagillion more races I want to sign up for, but my pocketbook won’t let me. Hopefully I can find some extra money to sign up for more races.

What do you do to get motivated? Do you have any races planned for 2014 yet?

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7 thoughts on “In Search of Motivation – 2014 Races

  1. Fun fact, I’ve never followed a triathlon training plan. For my first 70.3 I went off of my base fitness for swimming and running, and then just put more time on the bike than I normally would. Whatever plan you pick, just be sure to be flexible. Tri training is so different than marathon training.
    I think joining that tri team will be great motivation for ya! :)

  2. I’ve been struggling with motivation too. I don’t know that I am brave enough to sign up for all those activities that you did though. I’d like to just keep my exercise going on a private level but it’s hard doing everything by yourself. I hear you.

  3. Good luck! I find that posting what I plan on doing to social media creates an accountability to help keep motivated.
    I don’t have anything planned after the Disney Dopey Challenge in 2014. Will figure that out afterwards!

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