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Old 05-15-07, 09:17 AM   #1
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losing motivation... need some pointers

jus what the title says... im trainin for my first tri come june 3rd, 3 weeks away from the past sunday... since yesterday morning ive bumped my workouts up to 2 a days, biking every morning for an hour averaging 20 to 21 mph... mon, wed, fri - im swimmin in the evenings double my swim distance... and tues, thurs, sat, im runnin. most would think gettin closer to race day would bump u up more? not me... i jumped into this trainin 9 weeks ago head first like couldnt sleep bc i was too excited to train the next day... im not workin, no stress, i would not say im over doin it bc im not fatigued, tried to switch up my trainin routine and i dreaded gettin on my bike this morning... sundays r my rest days with a short low rpm ride very relaxing to say the least... i jus hate that ive come this far n this is how im feelin?!! it almost pisses me off too... i havent skipped one day of training, not one single day bc i cant stand the thought of some1 else in my age group out there trainin harder than me... last yr there were only 11 guys in my age group 19-24 and best time was 1 hour 31 min for sprint tri of 1/4 mi swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run... idk whats takin the fun out of it? maybe theres no1 doin it with me? im not surrounded by triathletes? idk, any pointers would be great...

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Old 05-15-07, 10:03 AM   #2
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idk whats takin the fun out of it? maybe theres no1 doin it with me? im not surrounded by triathletes? idk, any pointers would be great...

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Not a triathlete, but I've trained for running and cycling.

You may not be tired, physically, but you still may need a break from training. Why don't you find an event to do just for fun? Don't try to place. Just go out for the sheer joy of it?
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Old 05-15-07, 10:31 AM   #3
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When you say you haven't skipped a day of training do you mean you haven't taken any rest days? If so...THAT's your problem. Both your body and your mind need some recovery. Take a day or two and do something else. Go the batting cages or the driving range...go to the beach...lie around on the couch in your underwear, watch tv and eat a big block of cheese. You'll come back stronger.
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If it's just one day that this lack of motivation happens, then maybe it's just a bad day. If it persists, then I would listen to what you are being told, especially if you don't want to hear it.

Improvements actually come from allowing the body (and mind) to supercompensate during periods of rest and recovery. My days off are exactly that - off - no exercise at all. Hammering all the time just wears you down, and while the vigor of youth and the excitement of an upcoming race can mask this, it only works for so long.
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Is this training for a sprint? If so, you are totally over doing it! relax. You need a rest day or 2.
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i mean i havent skipped a "training" day... im on a 12 week program that leads right up to race day... sundays r my rest days bc the biking i do i wouldnt even consider a work out... the tri will be fun to me when im doin it, after its over, and when i place... i dont do anything i dont think i could compete in... idk i prolly should jus take a day off...
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It definitely helps to have a traning partner. Last year, for my first sprint tri my buddy would always show up at my door and wake me up early in the am so we could go train. This helped me a ton in getting motivated to train, and it was much more fun when I had a buddy there with me pushing the pace. Try and have some fun with ur workouts, and remember to taper before your event.
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Old 05-15-07, 04:26 PM   #8
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i mean i havent skipped a "training" day... im on a 12 week program that leads right up to race day... sundays r my rest days bc the biking i do i wouldnt even consider a work out... the tri will be fun to me when im doin it, after its over, and when i place... i dont do anything i dont think i could compete in... idk i prolly should jus take a day off...
I think you should adjust your view of this race. It is your first one to begin with. You don't know who will show up this year compared to last year's start list. Do you know what the conditions were like last year? Don't come in too headstrong about the race. Relax a little. Make sure you will have fun even if you don't place. I think you are putting too much emphasis on results, rather than personal accomplishment. Maybe a time goal for yourself instead of a placing.
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eat a big block of cheese.
LOL! That always does it for me!!

Seriously though, I just went through this same issue for the last couple of weeks. We've been training for an olympic tri since January, and I just got burned out from the practices. I ended up taking 2 weeks off... and did the best I could to NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT!! I knew my body needed a little break, and mentally I had to do it. Now I've been training all out again, and it was exactly what I needed. I'm having fun again, and that's all that matters. I told myself that prior to my break it was "phase one" of my training, and a lot of base training. Now i'm in "phase two," which means it's time to get out there and go go go!

I dont know if this helps, just my $.02. Just know that you're not alone, it happens. It just depends on what you do with it that makes you a better athlete

(PS - My tri is in July)
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if you are worried about results, and obviously you're putting in the time, try a breakthrough workout to break the tolerance your body has built up to your typical workouts. Right now is probably an ideal time because its not too close to your race, but you'll get results. Also go crazy and go paintballing or kayaking or mountainbiking to get a workout but mixit up a bit
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about my previous post- i didnt mean not to rest, just after you ease off a bit do it.
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thanks guys... ive taken the last 3 days off, doin nothin but laundry, afternoon naps , goin out with friends n stuff n its been exactly what i needed... ive gotten some much needed rest and ill be doin a 30 mile ride in the mornin... i appreciate all ur help! ...i also jus got a recent hook up with a buddy of mine of body builds n a connect thru him is starting his own supplement shop and gave some motivation... he told me if i finish in my top 5 in my age group hell sponsor me thru his shop! he told me hell supply me with gels, pre and post ride drinks, protein n anything else he can help out with along with entry fees for the rest of my tris this summer... so that right there is motivation all in itself... i did a brick workout about a week ago and aside from the T1 timing (which i cant exactly experience until the race) my swim and bike times were faster than 6th, 5th, and 4th place of last yrs event... i took my bike to the Y and had it set up like a T1, did my swimmin and ran out n hopped on my bike... idk who im goin up against this yr of course and what kind of trainin those returning triathletes will bring to the race but all the sponsor talk has got me pretty pumped! so thanks again on the "lost motivation tips" and anything else u can share on my training or anything else would be greatly appreciated!
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So how'd it go man?
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he/she finished 1:20. check new post.
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Old 06-12-07, 12:03 AM   #15
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first tri completed!

check that thread... got race day pics at the bottom also... finished 7th outa 24 in my age group
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