Sunday, May 16, 2010

In and out of a training slump.

This past week I have been in a training slump! Its been really hard to get motivated to put in the work. When I did I felt “ok” about it but by the end of the week I hit bottom! I felt horrible about missing two of the one hour bike rides and 1 swim. Sometimes, life takes over! It really has done a number on me mentally. I began questioning my commitment; doubting my ability. I just need to put this week behind me! “Out Damned spot! Out I say.”

I think part of the reason is…I have gotten a little bored. I need a change. After much debate and planning, I have decided to add a little something more to my routine. Can you say P90X. I am super excited to be able to add this to the routine. I admittedly will not be following this program everyday because the Ironman isn’t a P90x competition. It’s a swim, bike, run and that’s what I need to focus on. I just got it last night. I think I am mostly excited about starting the ab workout. I know a stronger core will provide huge benefits.

Sorry bore you guys but I just needed to vent about this guilt I was/am feeling about my poor training lat week. Well, I will just have to have faith that the next six months will be tough but manageable.

So how do I get out of the slump? I mentally took myself back to my starting point. What was I thinking when I signed up for the Ironman? Why am I doing it? Those answers have to keep me in the saddle even when “life happens.” I have also listened to some of my favorite Christian music (see video below). Another great reason to get out of this slump is because of the people I have inspired to get moving. Yet, what they don’t realize is they in turn inspire me to keep moving. Having said that, CONGRATS to my brother for completing his first half marathon! I feel like the morning alarm went off in my head! “I’m up! I’m up!” Time to make it happen (thanks for letting me vent!)

5 comments:

  1. Oh man, we all go through times like this, don't worry! It's hard not to feel guilty about missing a workout here or there, but really, in the grand scheme of things do you think a couple of missed hours will really harm you? If anything absorb the recovery, it's just a mental game we have to play. I think it's always a good idea to freshen things up with something new. The ole sbr routine can get pretty monotonous. I did the P90X in the off season and had good results for when I actually stuck to it. I still do the core and yoga routine regularly and I think it's the sole reason I have not been injured with running this year. Good luck with the P90X, keep us updated! :)

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